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according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America

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Psalm 109

Deus, laudem

1 Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise,*

for the mouth of the ungodly, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.

2 They have spoken against me with false tongues;*

they encompassed me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

3 In return for the love that I had for them, they have become my adversaries;*

but I give myself to prayer.

4 Thus have they rewarded me evil for good,*

and hatred for my love.

5 Set an ungodly man to be ruler over him,*

and let an accuser stand at his right hand.

6 When judgment is given, let him be condemned,*

and let sentence be passed on him for guilt.

7 Let his days be few,*

and let another take his office.

8 Let his children be fatherless*

and his wife a widow.

9 Let his children be vagabonds and beg their bread;*

let them be driven out, even from desolate places.

10 Let the creditor consume all that he has,*

and let strangers take his labor for spoil.

11 Let there be no one to pity him,*

nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.

12 Let his posterity be destroyed,*

and in the next generation let his name be blotted out.

13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be held in remembrance in the sight of the Lord,*

and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

14 Let them be always before the Lord,*

that he may root out the memorial of them from the earth,

15 Because he was not minded to do good,*

but persecuted to death the poor and needy, and those who were brokenhearted.

16 His delight was in cursing; let curses come upon him;*

he loved not blessing; therefore let it be far from him.

17 He clothed himself with cursing as with a garment,*

so let it soak into his body like water, and like oil into his bones.

18 Let it be to him as the cloak that he has on*

and as the belt that he always wears.

19 Let this be the recompense from the Lord to my enemies,*

and to those who speak evil against my soul.

20 But deal with me, O Lord God, according to your Name;*

for sweet is your mercy.

21 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor,*

and my heart is wounded within me.

22 I disappear like the shadow that lengthens,*

and am shaken off like a grasshopper.

23 My knees are weak through fasting;*

my flesh is grown lean for want of nourishment.

24 I have become a reproach to them;*

when they look on me, they shake their heads.

25 Help me, O Lord my God;*

save me according to your mercy;

26 And they shall know that this is your hand,*

and that you, O Lord, have done it.

27 Though they curse, yet you bless;*

let them be confounded who rise up against me, but let your servant rejoice.

28 Let my adversaries be clothed with shame,*

and let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a cloak.

29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth,*

and praise him among the multitude,

30 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor,*

to save their souls from the unrighteous judges.

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