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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

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

7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin 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 remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

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

19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.

20 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.

22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.

24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.

25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.

26 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:

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

28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own 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 shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

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

  • 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!
  • Jamie
    We must not judge unbelievers because they are condemned already unless they repent. But we are commanded to judge others within the family of believers when they are in error or sinning.
  • Attie
    I AGREE WITH. PATRICIA. I DON'T. EVER WANT TO JUDGE ANYONE. I MEAN. WHOULD. WHAT. IS SAID IN THESE VERSES. I WOULD NOT WANT ANYONE JUDGING ME MY CHILDREN. NOR MYSELF. SO YES WHAT WOULD GOD DO BECAUSE I WANT TO BE RIGHT IN MY WALK WITH. CHRIST JESUS
  • A disciple
    Is there a difference between a lost sheep gone astray, and devoured by beasts of the wilderness; and one who willfully turns to be the Lord's enemy and a traitor? To Peter the Lord said, "..But I have prayed for thee; and WHEN thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." But He gave no such words to Judas Iscariot. To the woman who came in and washed His feet with tears He said, Go in peace!
  • Lh
    Those who fought against me without any cause the good Lord will take care of them for me.

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In Psalm 109, the wicked did not remember to show what?
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