Amplified Bible

Psalm 109

Vengeance Invoked upon Adversaries.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1O God of my praise!
Do not keep silent,

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.

They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And have fought against me without a cause.

In return for my love, they attack me,
But I am in prayer.

They have repaid me evil for good,
And hatred for my love.


Appoint a wicked man against him,
And let an attacker stand at his right hand [to kill him].

When he enters into dispute, let wickedness come about.
Let his prayer [for help] result [only] in sin.

Let his days be few;
And let another take his office.

Let his children be fatherless
And his wife a widow.
10 
Let his children wander and beg;
Let them seek their food and be driven far from their ruined homes.
11 
Let the creditor seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
12 
Let there be no one to extend kindness to him,
Nor let anyone be gracious to his fatherless children.
13 
Let his descendants be cut off,
And in the following generation let their name be blotted out.

14 
Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered by the Lord;
And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 
Let them be before the Lord continually,
That He may cut off their memory from the earth;
16 
Because the man did not remember to show kindness,
But persecuted the suffering and needy man,
And the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
17 
He also loved cursing, and it came [back] to him;
He did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
18 
He clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
And it seeped into his inner self like water
And like [anointing] oil into his bones.
19 
Let it be to him as a robe with which he covers himself,
And as a sash with which he is constantly bound.
20 
Let this be the reward of my attackers from the Lord,
And of those who speak evil against my life.

21 
But You, O God, the Lord, show kindness to me, for Your name’s sake;
Because Your lovingkindness (faithfulness, compassion) is good, O rescue me;
22 
For I am suffering and needy,
And my heart is wounded within me.
23 
I am vanishing like a shadow when it lengthens and fades;
I am shaken off like the locust.
24 
My knees are unsteady from fasting;
And my flesh is gaunt and without fatness.
25 
I also have become a reproach and an object of taunting to others;
When they see me, they shake their heads [in derision].

26 
Help me, O Lord my God;
Save me according to Your lovingkindness—
27 
And let them know that this is Your hand;
You, Lord, have done it.
28 
Let them curse, but You bless.
When adversaries arise, let them be ashamed,
But let Your servant rejoice.
29 
Let my attackers be clothed with dishonor,
And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.

30 
I will give great praise and thanks to the Lord with my mouth;
And in the midst of many I will praise Him.
31 
For He will stand at the right hand of the needy,
To save him from those who judge his soul.

New American Standard Bible

Psalm 109

Vengeance Invoked upon Adversaries.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1O God of my praise,
Do not be silent!
For they have opened the [a]wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken [b]against me with a lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without cause.
In return for my love they act as my accusers;
But I am in prayer.
Thus they have [c]repaid me evil for good
And hatred for my love.

Appoint a wicked man over him,
And let an [d]accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty,
And let his prayer become sin.
Let his days be few;
Let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless
And his wife a widow.
10 Let his children wander about and beg;
And let them seek sustenance [e]far from their ruined homes.
11 Let the creditor [f]seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
12 Let there be none to [g]extend lovingkindness to him,
Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be [h]cut off;
In a following generation let their name be blotted out.

14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered [i]before the Lord,
And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 Let them be before the Lord continually,
That He may cut off their memory from the earth;
16 Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness,
But persecuted the afflicted and needy man,
And the despondent in heart, to put them to death.
17 He also loved cursing, so it came to him;
And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
18 But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
And it entered into [j]his body like water
And like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself,
And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself.
20 [k]Let this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
And of those who speak evil against my soul.

21 But You, O [l]God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake;
Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;
22 For I am afflicted and needy,
And [m]my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am passing like a shadow when it lengthens;
I am shaken off like the locust.
24 My knees [n]are weak from fasting,
And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.
25 I also have become a reproach to them;
When they see me, they wag their head.

26 Help me, O Lord my God;
Save me according to Your lovingkindness.
27 [o]And let them know that this is Your hand;
You, Lord, have done it.
28 Let them curse, but You bless;
When they arise, they shall be ashamed,
But Your servant shall be glad.
29 [p]Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor,
And [q]let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.

30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord;
And in the midst of many I will praise Him.
31 For He stands at the right hand of the needy,
To save him from those who judge his soul.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 109:2 Lit wicked mouth and the deceitful
  2. Psalm 109:2 Lit with
  3. Psalm 109:5 Lit laid upon me
  4. Psalm 109:6 Or adversary, Satan
  5. Psalm 109:10 Or out of their desolate places
  6. Psalm 109:11 Lit ensnare, strike at
  7. Psalm 109:12 Lit continue
  8. Psalm 109:13 Lit for cutting off
  9. Psalm 109:14 Lit to
  10. Psalm 109:18 Lit his inward parts
  11. Psalm 109:20 Lit This is
  12. Psalm 109:21 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  13. Psalm 109:22 Lit one has pierced my heart within me
  14. Psalm 109:24 Or totter
  15. Psalm 109:27 Or That they may know
  16. Psalm 109:29 Or My accusers will be
  17. Psalm 109:29 Or they will cover