14Have no pity for them. Someone who only had words of friendship has been accused and slandered. He asks justice from God who does not forsake his own. God will show no mercy for those who are merciless.
14 Break your silence, O God whom I praise, 2 now that the wicked and deceitful hurl their false accusations at me.
3 They assail me with words of hatred
4 They return my friendship with slander, and yet I pray for them.
5 They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
6 Appoint a wicked man against him
7 Let him be found guilty when tried
8 May his days be numbered, his office be taken by another.
9 May his children lose a father and his wife a husband.
10 May his children go begging, driven out of their ruined homes.
11 May the creditor seize all his belongings and strangers plunder the fruits of his toil.
12 Let no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his orphaned children.
13 May his posterity be destroyed, their names blotted out in the next generation.
14 May his fathers evil be remembered before the Lord
15 May their sins be ever before the Lord, and their memory cut off from the earth.
16 For he did not remember to show kindness, but hounded the poor, the needy, and the brokenhearted to their death.
17 He loved to curse
18 He wrapped himself in cursing
19 May it be like a garment he wears, like the belt he ties around himself.
20 May the Lord reward my accusers with this, and others who speak evil of me.
21 But as for me, O God my Lord, for your names sake, act on my behalf, de liver me, in the goodness of your love.
22 For I am poor and needy, my heart is stricken within me.
23 Like an evening shadow, I fade away
24 My knees have become weak from fasting, my body is wasted of its substance.
25 I have become the butt for the scorn of my foes
26 Help me, O Lord my God, and save me for the sake of your love.
27 Let them know that this is your hand, that it is you, Lord, who do this.
28 They may curse, but you will bless
29 Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor
30 To the Lord, I will give my thanks
31 He stands at the right hand of the needy, to save them from those who condemn them.