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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

  • Kevin Mack
    In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and word was God. John 1:1. So the bible in essence is God and Jesus RNA and DNA sequence, and when spoken out loud by a believer it never returns void, but accomplish what it is sent to do. What part of Gods body are we aloud to omit ? Pray this prayer of defence against Gods enemies and ours that's why it was written !!!
  • Kevin Mack
    I believe that this is transpiring right now in american politics. The attackers mentioned in this psalm are the anti american DNC santanic party. Those being attacked are the body of Christ, Israel, GOP,the President, and God himself, especially Jesus.
  • Freedomborn Through Forgiveness
    Our Footprints- A Poem by Anne....... No One comes into Our Lives without Leaving Their Footprints good or bad. May I accept the Love that is offered and not dwell on the rejection and hurt but Forgive or Seek Forgivenness and move on in Love. Than the Footprints I Leave will always be ones of Love and Encouragement even if not Known by those to whom it's Shown.
  • Freedomborn***
    My Heart cannot accept this Scripture as Loving God tells us to Love those who Hate us to Pray for them and seek to do good to them I have been suffering Persuction again I'm hurting physically and emotionally but I Prayed to be able to forgive them and not seek revenge after reading like I did before the Scriptures below that God lead me to Matt5:43-48 Luke6:26-38 and others on this Website.
  • John Bornstein
    I like to know what others think on it ?
  • Laura
    Is the adversary spoken of perhaps a wizard, warlock, sorcerer or witch?? Someone who purposely chooses to curse Believer s of the One True God Almighty. Otherwise, our adversaries are demons persons without bodies . Correct??
  • GHI CynthiaM
    The adversary spoken of throughout the whole Bible is anyone who delights in wickedness and does not serve the Father. The adversary is Satan and his children, not by bloodline, but anyone against God or his Son is Anti-Christ Adversary. Our own spirits can take on demonic spirits without being under the Father's hedge of protection daily and seeking the Holy Spirit.
  • Freedomborn in Life*
    True GHI, all who do evil like Satan does without Heart Repentance will reap what they sow and if they Reject Jesus the Unforgivable Sin it's Blaseming The Holy Spirit by calling Him a Lier than they have no Hope but if not we don't Judge their Eternal Salvation even if they hurt us they may Repent on their deathbed we also don't seek revenge we Pray for them and do good to them. Blessings - Anne.
  • 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


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