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Psalm 101

A Sovereign’s Pledge of Integrity and Justice

Of David. A Psalm.
1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
   to you, O Lord, I will sing.
2 I will study the way that is blameless.
   When shall I attain it?


I will walk with integrity of heart
   within my house;
3 I will not set before my eyes
   anything that is base.


I hate the work of those who fall away;
   it shall not cling to me.
4 Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
   I will know nothing of evil.


5 One who secretly slanders a neighbour
   I will destroy.
A haughty look and an arrogant heart
   I will not tolerate.


6 I will look with favour on the faithful in the land,
   so that they may live with me;
whoever walks in the way that is blameless
   shall minister to me.


7 No one who practises deceit
   shall remain in my house;
no one who utters lies
   shall continue in my presence.


8 Morning by morning I will destroy
   all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all evildoers
   from the city of the Lord.

Psalm 109

Prayer for Vindication and Vengeance

To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
1 Do not be silent, O God of my praise.
2 For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
   speaking against me with lying tongues.
3 They beset me with words of hate,
   and attack me without cause.
4 In return for my love they accuse me,
   even while I make prayer for them.*
20 May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
   of those who speak evil against my life.
21 But you, O Lord my Lord,
   act on my behalf for your name’s sake;
   because your steadfast love is good, deliver me.
22 For I am poor and needy,
   and my heart is pierced within me.
23 I am gone like a shadow at evening;
   I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting;
   my body has become gaunt.
25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
   when they see me, they shake their heads.


26 Help me, O Lord my God!
   Save me according to your steadfast love.
27 Let them know that this is your hand;
   you, O Lord, have done it.
28 Let them curse, but you will bless.
   Let my assailants be put to shame;* may your servant be glad.
29 May my accusers be clothed with dishonour;
   may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle.
30 With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
   I will praise him in the midst of the throng.

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