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1 To the chiefe Musician, A Psalme of Dauid. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise.

2 For the mouth of the wicked, and the mouth of the deceitfull are opened against mee: they haue spoken against me with a lying tongue.

3 They compassed mee about also with wordes of hatred: and fought against me without a cause.

4 For my loue, they are my aduersaries: but I giue my selfe vnto prayer.

5 And they haue rewarded me euill for good: and hatred for my loue.

6 Set thou a wicked man ouer him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

7 When he shall be iudged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sinne.

8 Let his dayes be few: and let another take his office.

9 Let his children bee fatherlesse: and his wife a widow.

10 Let his children bee continually vagabonds, & begge: let them seeke their bread also out of their desolate places.

11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath: and let the strangers spoile his labour.

12 Let there be none to extend mercy vnto him: neither let there be any to fauour his fatherlesse children.

13 Let his posteritie be cut off: and in the generation folowing let their name be blotted out.

14 Let the iniquitie of his fathers be remembred with the Lord: and let not the sinne of his mother be blotted out.

15 Let them be before the Lord continually: that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

16 Because that he remembred not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poore and needy man: that he might euen slay the broken in heart.

17 As he loued cursing, so let it come vnto him: as hee delighted not in blessing, so let it be farre from him.

18 As he clothed himselfe with cursing like as with his garment: so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oyle into his bones.

19 Let it be vnto him as the garment which couereth him: and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.

20 Let this be the reward of mine aduersaries from the Lord: and of them that speake euill against my soule.

21 But do thou for me, O God the Lord, for thy Names sake: because thy mercie is good: deliuer thou me.

22 For I am poore and needie: and my heart is wounded within me.

23 I am gone like the shadow, when it declineth: I am tossed vp and downe as the locust.

24 My knees are weake through fasting: and my flesh faileth of fatnesse.

25 I became also a reproch vnto them: when they looked vpon me, they shaked their heads.

26 Helpe me, O Lord my God: O saue me according to thy mercie.

27 That they may know, that this is thy hand: that thou, Lord, hast done it.

28 Let them curse, but blesse thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let thy seruant reioyce.

29 Let mine aduersaries be clothed with shame: and let them couer them selues with their owne confusion, as with a mantle.

30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth: yea I will praise him among the multitude.

31 For he shal stand at the right hand of the poore: to saue him from those that condemne his soule.

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Commentary for Psalms 109

David complains of his enemies. (1-5) He prophesies their destruction. (6-20) Prayers and praises. (21-31)

1-5. It is the unspeakable comfort of all believers, that whoever is against them, God is for them; and to him they may apply as to one pleased to concern himself for them. David's enemies laughed at him for his devotion, but they could not laugh him out of it.

6-20 The Lord Jesus may speak here as a Judge, denouncing sentence on some of his enemies, to warn others. When men reject the salvation of Christ, even their prayers are numbered among their sins. See what hurries some to shameful deaths, and brings the families and estates of others to ruin; makes them and theirs despicable and hateful, and brings poverty, shame, and misery upon their posterity: it is sin, that mischievous, destructive thing. And what will be the effect of the sentence, "Go, ye cursed," upon the bodies and souls of the wicked! How it will affect the senses of the body, and the powers of the soul, with pain, anguish, horror, and despair! Think on these things, sinners, tremble and repent.

21-31 The psalmist takes God's comforts to himself, but in a very humble manner. He was troubled in mind. His body was wasted, and almost worn away. But it is better to have leanness in the body, while the soul prospers and is in health, than to have leanness in the soul, while the body is feasted. He was ridiculed and reproached by his enemies. But if God bless us, we need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? He pleads God's glory, and the honour of his name. Save me, not according to my merit, for I pretend to none, but according to thy-mercy. He concludes with the joy of faith, in assurance that his present conflicts would end in triumphs. Let all that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him. Jesus, unjustly put to death, and now risen again, is an Advocate and Intercessor for his people, ever ready to appear on their behalf against a corrupt world, and the great accuser.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 109

  • Chrisan Stewart
    I think this is a powerful psalms, I was told to read it when I am been persecuted!
  • Nell
    It's powerful I was staying with a friend of mine but hardly said anything to me while my daughter and I were there but once I said this prayer she sorta tried to talk but her ways were off i hope she receives the help that she needs
  • Jacob Graves
    Aw ,dear Sis. Monique ]-: , i wish i could help you, my heart hurts for you. . yet im trusting God is bringing you thru.
    If i can think of any advice,it is ~ keep on with the name of Jesus.. we have authority in His name.!
    It might sound tough right now,but make sure to forgive those who did you wrong ok? God can give you this strength. And a key ive found is to pRAy for enemies(! it works)
  • Monique
    GOD PLEASE AVENGE ME OF MY ADVERSARIES IN JESUS' NAME! I claim Ps.91 and Is.54:17.

    I've been going through trials for years. My sister and cousins have tried to destroy me, a meter maid in NY put a failed curse on me, two Messianic Jews hate me, my ex-husband's family are wiccans and a banker has tried to bankrupt me!!

    Bug off Satan in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

  • Gina
    That's really true. Those who fought against us without any good cause shall be dealt with by God. He will fight our battles for us and keep us safe. He will not leave us nor forsake us. Because He lives we are victories over anything that may come our way. And the strong power to connect with HIM is our FAITH. I'm always blessed by Him and with HIM all things are possible.
  • Janet Taylor
    The Holy Spirit showed me this passage,about 3-4 years ago What does this mean? Now, I'm reading this passage more than ever. God will never forsake his ppl. Thanks be to God!

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