Help Me, O Lord My God

Psalm 109

1 Do a not keep silent,
O God of my praise!
2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful
Have opened against me;
They have spoken against me with a b lying tongue.
3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me c without a cause.
4 In return for my love they are my accusers,
But I give myself to prayer.
5 Thus d they have rewarded me evil for good,
And hatred for my love.

6 Set a wicked man over him,
And let e an 1 accuser stand at his right hand.
7 When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
And f let his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be g few,
And h let another take his office.
9 i Let his children be fatherless,
And his wife a widow.
10 Let his children 2 continually be vagabonds, and beg;
Let them 3 seek their bread also from their desolate places.
11 j Let the creditor seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy to him,
Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
13 k Let his 4 posterity be cut off,
And in the generation following let their l name be blotted out.
14 m Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,
And let not the sin of his mother n be blotted out.
15 Let them be continually before the LORD,
That He may o cut off the memory of them from the earth;

16 Because he did not remember to show mercy,
But persecuted the poor and needy man,
That he might even slay the p broken in heart.
17 q As he loved cursing, so let it come to him;
As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18 As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
So let it r enter his body like water,
And like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be to him like the garment which covers him,
And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.
20 Let this be the LORD's reward to my accusers,
And to those who speak evil against my person.

21 But You, O GOD the Lord,
Deal with me for Your name's sake;
Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
22 For I am poor and needy,
And my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone s like a shadow when it lengthens;
I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My t knees are weak through fasting,
And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.
25 I also have become u a reproach to them;
When they look at me, v they shake their heads.

26 Help me, O LORD my God!
Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
27 w That they may know that this is Your hand -
That You, LORD, have done it!
28 x Let them curse, but You bless;
When they arise, let them be ashamed,
But let y Your servant rejoice.
29 z Let my accusers be clothed with shame,
And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.

30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth;
Yes, a I will praise Him among the multitude.
31 For b He shall stand at the right hand of the poor,
To save him from those 5 who condemn him.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 83:1
    Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God!
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 27:12
    Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 35:7
    For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, Which they have dug without cause for my life.
    Psalms 69:4
    Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.
    John 15:25
    "But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 35:7
    For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, Which they have dug without cause for my life.
    Psalms 35:12
    They reward me evil for good, To the sorrow of my soul.
    Psalms 38:20
    Those also who render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.
    Proverbs 17:13
    Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
  5. Cross References
    Zechariah 3:1
    Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:9
    One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 55:23
    But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.
    John 17:12
    While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 69:25
    Let their dwelling place be desolate; Let no one live in their tents.
    Acts 1:20
    "For it is written in the Book of Psalms: 'Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it'; and, 'Let another take his office.'
  9. Cross References
    Exodus 22:24
    And My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.
  10. Cross References
    Nehemiah 5:7
    After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, "Each of you is exacting usury from his brother." So I called a great assembly against them.
    Job 5:5
    Because the hungry eat up his harvest, Taking it even from the thorns, And a snare snatches their substance.
    Job 18:9
    The net takes him by the heel, And a snare lays hold of him.
  11. Cross References
    Job 18:19
    He has neither son nor posterity among his people, Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
    Psalms 37:28
    For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:7
    The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 20:5
    You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
    Numbers 14:18
    'The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.'
    Isaiah 65:6
    Behold, it is written before Me: I will not keep silence, but will repay - Even repay into their bosom -
    Jeremiah 32:18
    You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them - the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
  14. Cross References
    Nehemiah 4:5
    Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.
    Jeremiah 18:23
    Yet, LORD, You know all their counsel Which is against me, to slay me. Provide no atonement for their iniquity, Nor blot out their sin from Your sight; But let them be overthrown before You. Deal thus with them In the time of Your anger.
  15. Cross References
    Job 18:17
    The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the renowned.
    Psalms 34:16
    The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 34:18
    The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
  17. Cross References
    Proverbs 14:14
    The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.
    Matthew 7:2
    For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
  18. Cross References
    Numbers 5:22
    "and may this water that causes the curse go into your stomach, and make your belly swell and your thigh rot." Then the woman shall say, "Amen, so be it."
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 102:11
    My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I wither away like grass.
  20. Cross References
    Hebrews 12:12
    Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 22:7
    All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying.
    Jeremiah 18:16
    To make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head.
    Lamentations 2:15
    All who pass by clap their hands at you; They hiss and shake their heads At the daughter of Jerusalem: " Is this the city that is called 'The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth'?
  22. Cross References
    Matthew 27:39
    And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads
    Mark 15:29
    And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, "Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days.
  23. Cross References
    Job 37:7
    He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.
  24. Cross References
    2 Samuel 6:11
    The ark of the LORD remained in the house of ObedE'dom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed ObedE'dom and all his household.
    2 Samuel 6:12
    Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of ObedE'dom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of ObedE'dom to the City of David with gladness.
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:14
    Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, But you shall cry for sorrow of heart, And wail for grief of spirit.
  26. Cross References
    Job 8:22
    Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.
    Psalms 35:26
    Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who rejoice at my hurt; Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor Who exalt themselves against me.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 35:18
    I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
    Psalms 111:1
    Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 16:8
    I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
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