4In return for my love they accuse me,
even while I make prayer for them.5So they reward me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
6They say, “Appoint a wicked man against him;
let an accuser stand on his right.7When he is tried, let him be found guilty;
let his prayer be counted as sin.8May his days be few;
may another seize his position.9May his children be orphans,
and his wife a widow.10May his children wander about and beg;
may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit.11May the creditor seize all that he has;
may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil.12May there be no one to do him a kindness,
nor anyone to pity his orphaned children.13May his posterity be cut off;
may his name be blotted out in the second generation.14May the iniquity of his father be remembered before the Lord,
and do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.15Let them be before the Lord continually,
and may his memory be cut off from the earth.16For he did not remember to show kindness,
but pursued the poor and needy
and the brokenhearted to their death.17He loved to curse; let curses come on him.
He did not like blessing; may it be far from him.18He clothed himself with cursing as his coat,
may it soak into his body like water,
like oil into his bones.19May it be like a garment that he wraps around himself,
like a belt that he wears every day.”
20May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
of those who speak evil against my life.21But you, O Lord my Lord,
act on my behalf for your name's sake;
because your steadfast love is good, deliver me.