1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» Hold not thy peace, O God of myThough all the world condemn me, yet you will approve my innocence and that is sufficient praise to me.praise;
2 For the mouth of the wicked, and the mouth full of deceite are opened vpon me: they haue spoken to me with a lying tongue.
3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
4 For my love they are my adversaries:To declare that I had no other refuge, but you, in whom my conscience was at rest.but I [give myself unto] prayer.
5 And they haue rewarded me euil for good, and hatred for my friendship.
6 Whether it was Doeg or Saul, or some familiar friend that had betrayed him, he prays not for private affection, but moved by God's Spirit, that God would take vengeance on him.Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let hisAs to the elect all things turn to their profit, so to the reprobate, even those things that are good, turn to their damnation.prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be few; [and] let another take hisThis was chiefly accomplished in Judas, (Act_1:20).office.
9 Let his children be fatherlesse, and his wife a widowe.
10 Let his children be vagabounds & beg and seeke bread, comming out of their places destroyed.
11 LetHe declares that the curse of God lies on the extortioners, who thinking to enrich their children by their unlawfully gotten goods, are by God's just judgment deprived of all.the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12 Let there be none to extende mercie vnto him: neither let there be any to shewe mercie vpon his fatherlesse children.
13 Let his posteritie be destroied, and in the generation following let their name be put out.
14 Thus the Lord punishes to the third and fourth generation the wickedness of the parents in their wicked children.Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 But let them alway be before the Lorde, that he may cut off their memorial from ye earth.
16 Because thatHe shows that God plagues them in a strange way who show themselves cruel toward others.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,Thus the Lord gives to every man the thing in which he delights so that the reprobate cannot accuse God of wrong, when they are given up to their lusts and reprobate minds.so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18 As he clothed himselfe with cursing like a rayment, so shall it come into his bowels like water, and like oyle into his bones.
19 Let it be vnto him as a garment to couer him, and for a girdle, wherewith he shalbe alway girded.
20 [Let] this [be] the reward of mine adversariesFor being destitute of man's help, he fully trusted in the Lord, that he would deliver him.from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thyAs you are named merciful, gracious and long suffering, so show yourself in effect.name's sake: because thy mercy [is] good, deliver thou me.
22 Because I am poore and needie, and mine heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as theMeaning that he has no stay or assurance in this world.locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my fleshFor hunger that came from sorrow, he was lean and his natural moisture failed him.faileth of fatness.
25 I became also a rebuke vnto them: they that looked vpon me, shaked their heads.
26 Help me, O LORD my God: OThe more grievously Satan assailed him, the more earnest and instant was he in prayer.save me according to thy mercy:
27 And they shal know, that this is thine hand, and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
28 Let themThey will gain nothing by cursing me.curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
29 Let mine aduersaries be clothed with shame, and let them couer themselues with their confusion, as with a cloke.
30 I will greatly praise the LORD with myNot only in confessing it secretly in myself but also in declaring it before all the congregation.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 thatBy this he shows that he had nothing to do with them who were of little power, but with the judges and princes of the world.condemn his soul.