Psalm 108

Song of a Psalm by David.

1 O God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready; I will sing and sing psalms with my glory. 2 Awake, psaltery and harp; I will awake early. 3 I will give thanks to thee, O Lord, among the people; I will sing praise to thee among the Gentiles. 4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens, and thy truth reaches to the clouds. 5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; and thy glory above all the earth. 6 That thy beloved ones may be delivered, save with thy right hand, and hear me. God has spoken in his sanctuary; 7 I will be exalted, and will divide Sicima, and will measure out the valley of tents. 8 Galaad is mine; and Manasses is mine; and Ephraim is the help of mine head; Judas is my king; 9 Moab is the caldron of my hope; over Idumea will I cast my sandal; the Philistines are made subject to me.

10 Who will bring me into the fortified city? or who will guide me to Idumea? 11 Wilt not thou, O God, who hast rejected us? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth


with our hosts? 12 Give us help from tribulation: for vain is the help of man. 13 Through God we shall 1do valiantly; and he will bring to nought our enemies.

Psalm 109

For the end, a Psalm of David.

1 O God, pass not over my praise in silence; 2 for the mouth of the sinner and the mouth of the crafty man have been opened against me: they have spoken against me with a crafty tongue. 3 And they have compassed me with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. 4 2Instead of loving me, they falsely accused me: but I continued to pray. 5 And they rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

6 Set thou a sinner against him; and let 3the devil stand at his right hand. 7 When he is judged, let him go forth condemned: and let his prayer become sin. 8 Let his days be few: and 4let another take his office of overseer. 9 Let his children be orphans, and his wife a widow. 10 Let his children wander without a dwelling-place, and beg: let them be cast out of their habitations. 11 Let his creditor exact all that belongs to him: and let strangers spoil his labours. 12 Let him have no helper; neither let there be any one to have compassion on his fatherless children. 13 Let his children be given up to utter destruction: in one generation let his name be blotted out. 14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15 Let them be before the Lord continually; and let their memorial be blotted out from the earth.

16 Because he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the needy and poor man, and that to slay him that was pricked in the heart. 17 He loved cursing also, and it shall come upon him; and he took not pleasure in blessing, so it shall be removed far from him. 18 Yea, he put on cursing as a garment, and it is come as water into his bowels, and as oil into his bones. 19 Let it be to him as a garment which he puts on, and as a girdle with which he girds himself continually. 20 This is the dealing of the Lord with those who falsely accuse me, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

21 But thou, O Lord, Lord, deal mercifully with me, for thy name's sake: for thy mercy is good. 22 Deliver me, for I am poor and needy; and my heart is troubled within me. 23 I am removed as a shadow in its going down: I am tossed up and down like locusts. 24 My knees are weakened through fasting, and my flesh is changed by reason of the want of oil. 25 I became also a reproach to them: when they saw me they shook their heads.

26 Help me, O Lord my God; and save me according to thy mercy. 27 And let them know that this is thy hand; and that thou, Lord, hast wrought it. 28 Let them curse, but thou shalt bless: let them that rise up against me be ashamed, but let thy servant rejoice. 29 Let those that falsely accuse me be clothed with shame, and let them cover


themselves with their shame as with a mantle. 30 I will give thanks to the Lord abundantly with my mouth; and in the midst of many I will praise him. 31 For he stood on the right hand of the poor, to save me from them that persecute my soul.

1 Gr. work power.

2 Or, In return for my love.

3 Or, the accuser.

4 Acts 1. 20.


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