To the chief Musician, A Psalm of Dawid.
1 Hold not Your peace, O God (Elohim) 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 In return 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 You a wicked man over him; and let the 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 favor 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 יהוה; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 Let them be before יהוה 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 יהוה, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21 But deal with me, O Lord (Adonai) יהוה, 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 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 יהוה my God (Elohim); O save me according to Your mercy,
27 That they may know that this is Your hand; that You, יהוה, have done it.
28 Let them curse, but bless You; when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let Your 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 יהוה 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.