To the chief music-maker. Of David. A
God of my praise, let my prayer be answered;
For the mouth of the sinner is open
against me in deceit: his tongue has said false things
Words of hate are round about me; they
have made war against me without cause.
For my love they give me back hate; but I
have given myself to prayer.
They have put on me evil for good; hate in
exchange for my love.
Put an evil man over him; and let one be
placed at his right hand to say evil of him.
When he is judged, let the decision go
against him; and may his prayer become sin.
Let his life be short; let another take
his position of authority.
Let his children have no father, and his
wife be made a widow.
Let his children be wanderers, looking to
others for their food; let them be sent away from the
company of their friends.
Let his creditor take all his goods; and
let others have the profit of his work.
Let no man have pity on him, or give help
to his children when he is dead.
Let his seed be cut off; in the coming
generation let their name go out of memory.
Let the Lord keep in mind the wrongdoing
of his fathers; and may the sin of his mother have no
Let them be ever before the eyes of the
Lord, so that the memory of them may be cut off from the
Because he had no mercy, but was cruel to the low and the
poor, designing the death of the broken-hearted.
As he took pleasure in cursing, so let it
come on him; and as he had no delight in blessing, let it be
far from him.
He put on cursing like a robe, and it has
come into his body like water, and into his bones like oil.
Let it be to him as a robe which he puts
on, let it be like a band which is round him at all times.
Let this be the reward given to my haters
from the Lord, and to those who say evil of my soul.
But, O Lord God, give me your help,
because of your name; take me out of danger, because your
mercy is good.
For I am poor and in need, and my heart
is wounded in me.
I am gone like the shade when it is
stretched out: I am forced out of my place like a locust.
My knees are feeble for need of food;
there is no fat on my bones.
As for me, they make sport of me; shaking
their heads when they see me.
Give me help, O Lord my God; in your
mercy be my saviour;
So that they may see that it is the work
of your hand; that you, Lord, have done it.
They may give curses but you give
blessing; when they come up against me, put them to shame;
but let your servant be glad.
Let my haters be clothed with shame,
covering themselves with shame as with a robe.
I will give the Lord great praise with my
mouth; yes, I will give praise to him among all the people.
For he is ever at the right hand of the
poor, to take him out of the hands of those who go after his