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Psalm 109

(from Day 22 Evening Prayer)

Deus, laudem

  1. HOLD not thy tongue, O God of my praise: for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
  2. And they have spoken against me with false tongues: they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
  3. For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part: but I give myself unto prayer.
  4. Thus have they rewarded me evil for good: and hatred for my good will.
  5. Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
  6. When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned: and let his prayer be turned into sin.
  7. Let his days be few: and let another take his office.
  8. Let his children be fatherless: and his wife a widow.
  9. Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread: let them seek it also out of desolate places.
  10. Let the extortioner consume all that he hath: and let the stranger spoil his labour.
  11. Let there be no man to pity him: nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.
  12. Let his posterity be destroyed: and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
  13. Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the Lord: and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
  14. Let them alway be before the Lord: that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth.
  15. And that, because his mind was not to do good: but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.
  16. His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him: he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.
  17. He clothed himself with cursing, like as with a raiment: and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
  18. Let it be unto him as the cloke that he hath upon him: and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.
  19. Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies: and to those that speak evil against my soul.
  20. But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy Name: for sweet is thy mercy.
  21. O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor: and my heart is wounded within me.
  22. I go hence like the shadow that departeth: and am driven away as the grasshopper.
  23. My knees are weak through fasting: my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
  24. I became also a reproach unto them: they that looked upon me shaked their heads.
  25. Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy.
  26. And they shall know, how that this is thy hand: and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
  27. Though they curse, yet bless thou: and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
  28. Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame: and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloke.
  29. As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth: and praise him among the multitude.
  30. For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor: to save his soul from the unrighteous judges.