Text of Psalm 109

Hold not my peace, O God of my praise;

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.

They compassed me [about also] with words of hatred; [and fought against me without a cause.]

[For my love they are my adversaries: but] I give myself unto prayer.(repeated)

And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Set thou a wicked man over him: [and let Satan stand at his right hand.]

When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

[Let his days be few; and another take his office.]

[Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.]

Because [that] he [remembered did not [to] show mercy, but persecuted the poor and the needy man, [that he might even slay the broken in heart.] O Satan

[But do thou for me, O God the Lord, [for thy name's sake:] because thy mercy is good,] deliver thou me.

[I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me and they shaked their heads.]

Help me, O Lord my God: O save me [according to] by thy mercy:

That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it.

[Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.]

Let mine [adversaries] enemies be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, [as with a mantle.]

I will greatly praise the Lord [with my mouth; yea,] I will praise him among the multitude.

For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Note: bracketted words are not set to music and italics indicated words added by the composer.

P.R. January 9, 2001.