The Book of Psalms
Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
2 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.
3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
4 In return for my love they are become my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
5 Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them be driven also out of their desolate habitations.
11 Let the creditor seize all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil the increase of his labour.
12 Let there be none to extend kindness unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their 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, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
16 Because that he remembered not to shew kindness, but persecuted the poor and needy man and the broken in heart, that he might slay them.
17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his body like water, and like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be unto him as a garment which covereth him, and as a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
20 Let this be the reward of mine accusers from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
21 But do thou well for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy lovingkindness is good, deliver thou me.
22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am shaken off as the locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh waxeth lean, without fatness.
25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
26 Help me, O LORD my God: save me according to thy lovingkindness:
27 That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with dishonour, and let them cover themselves with their own shame, as with a mantle.
30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my 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 that condemn his soul.