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Psalms 109:20

    Psalms 109:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Let this be the reward of my adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    This is the reward of mine adversaries from Jehovah, And of them that speak evil against my soul.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let this be the reward given to my haters from the Lord, and to those who say evil of my soul.

    Webster's Revision

    This is the reward of mine adversaries from Jehovah, And of them that speak evil against my soul.

    World English Bible

    This is the reward of my adversaries from Yahweh, of those who speak evil against my soul.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    This is the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.

    Definitions for Psalms 109:20

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 109:20

    Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord, and of them that speak evil apainst my soul - Following the mode of interpretation already adopted, this may mean: All these maledictions shall be fulfilled on my enemies; they shall have them for their reward. So all the opposition made by the Jews against our Lord, and the obloquies and execrations wherewith they have loaded him and his religion, have fallen upon themselves; and they are awful examples of the wrath of God abiding on them that believe not.

    But is not this verse a key to all that preceded it? The original, fairly interpreted, will lead us to a somewhat different meaning: זאת פעלת שטני מאת יהוה והדברים רע על נפשי zoth peullath soteney meeth Yehovah, vehaddoberim ra al naphshi. "This is the work of my adversaries before the Lord, and of those who speak evil against my soul," or life. That is, all that is said from the sixth to the twentieth verse consists of the evil words and imprecations of my enemies against my soul, laboring to set the Lord, by imprecations, against me, that their curses may take effect. This, which is a reasonable interpretation, frees the whole Psalm from every difficulty. Surely, the curses contained in it are more like those which proceed from the mouth of the wicked, than from one inspired by tne Spirit of the living God. Taking the words in this sense, which I am persuaded is the best, and which the original will well bear and several of the Versions countenance, then our translation may stand just as it is, only let the reader remember that at the sixth verse David begins to tell how his enemies cursed Him, while he prayed for Them.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 109:20

    Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord,... - The word rendered "reward" means usually work, labor, occupation, business; then, what one earns by his work - reward, recompence, Leviticus 19:13. The meaning here is, Let them constantly receive these things which I have prayed for Psalm 109:6-19; let them be constantly treated in this manner. This is a summing up of his entire wish - his whole desire. It cannot be proved that they did "not deserve" all this; it cannot be shown that if all this came upon them at the hand of God, it would be unjust; it cannot be denied that such things as these, either singly, in groups, or in succession, do actually come upon wicked people; and the prayer in the case "may" have been merely that justice might be done. Still, as before remarked, it is not easy wholly to vindicate the expressed feelings of the psalmist. See the notes at Psalm 109:10.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 109:20

    109:20 That speak evil against my soul - With design to take away my life.