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Psalms 109:1-5

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Psalm 109 1 

For the music director, a psalm of David.

109:1 O God whom I praise, do not ignore me! 2 

109:2 For they say cruel and deceptive things to me;

they lie to me. 3 

109:3 They surround me and say hateful things; 4 

they attack me for no reason.

109:4 They repay my love with accusations, 5 

but I continue to pray. 6 

109:5 They repay me evil for good, 7 

and hate for love.

Psalms 109:20

Context

109:20 May the Lord repay my accusers in this way, 8 

those who say evil things about 9  me! 10 

1 sn Psalm 109. Appealing to God’s justice, the psalmist asks God to vindicate him and to bring severe judgment down upon his enemies.

2 tn Heb “do not be deaf.”

3 tn Heb “for a mouth of evil and a mouth of deceit against me they open, they speak with me [with] a tongue of falsehood.”

4 tn Heb “and [with] words of hatred they surround me.”

5 tn Heb “in place of my love they oppose me.”

6 tn Heb “and I, prayer.”

7 tn Heb “and they set upon me evil in place of good.”

8 tn Heb “[may] this [be] the repayment to my accusers from the Lord.”

9 tn Or “against.”

10 tn The Hebrew term נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh, “being; soul”) with a pronominal suffix is often equivalent to a pronoun, especially in poetry (see BDB 660 s.v. נֶפֶשׁ 4.a).



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