Psalms 108

 1 Unto the end. A Psalm of David 2 O God, do not be silent toward my praise, for the mouth of the sinner and the mouth of the deceitful one have been opened against me 3 They have spoken against me with deceitful tongues, and they have surrounded me with hateful words, and they fought against me over nothing 4 Instead of choosing to act on my behalf, they detracted me. But I gave myself to prayer 5 And they set evil against me, instead of good, and hatred, in return for my love 6 Establish the sinner over him, and let the devil stand at his right hand 7 When he is judged, may he go forth in condemnation, and may his prayer be counted as sin 8 May his days be few, and let another take his episcopate 9 May his sons be orphans, and his wife a widow 10 May his sons be carried by those who walk unsteadily, and may they go begging. And may they be cast out of their dwelling places 11 May the money lenders scrutinize all his belongings, and let foreigners plunder his labors 12 May there be no one to assist him, nor anyone to be compassionate to his orphaned children 13 May his posterity be in utter ruin. In one generation, may his name be wiped away 14 May the iniquity of his fathers return in memory before the sight of the Lord, and do not let the sin of his mother be wiped away 15 May these be opposite the Lord always, but let their memory perish from the earth 16 For certain things are not remembered about them, in order to be merciful 17 And so the destitute man was pursued, with the beggar and the remorseful in heart, so as to be put to death 18 And he loved a curse, and it came to him. And he was unwilling to have a blessing, and it went far from him. And he clothed himself with curses like a garment, and it entered his inner self like water, and it entered his bones like oil 19 May it be to him like a garment that covers him, and like a belt that always cinches him 20 This is the work of those who detract me with the Lord and who speak evils against my soul 21 But as for you, Lord, O Lord: act on my behalf for your name’s sake. For your mercy is sweet 22 Free me, for I am destitute and poor, and my heart has been disquieted within me 23 I have been taken away like a shadow when it declines, and I have been shaken off like locusts 24 My knees have been weakened by fasting, and my flesh has been replaced by oil 25 And I have become a disgrace to them. They saw me, and they shook their heads 26 Help me, O Lord, my God. Save me according to your mercy 27 And let them know that this is your hand, and that you, O Lord, have done this 28 They will curse, and you will bless. May those who rise up against me be confounded. But your servant will rejoice 29 May those who detract me be clothed with shame, and may they be covered with their confusion, as if with a double cloak 30 I will confess exceedingly to the Lord with my mouth. And I will praise him in the midst of the multitude 31 For he stands at the right hand of the poor, in order to save my soul from persecutors