Psalm 109:1
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New International Version
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent,

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David. O God, whom I praise, don't stand silent and aloof

English Standard Version
Be not silent, O God of my praise!

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O God of my praise, Do not be silent!

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. God of my praise, do not be silent.

International Standard Version
God, whom I praise, do not be silent,

NET Bible
For the music director, a psalm of David. O God whom I praise, do not ignore me!

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.] God of my praise, do not remain silent,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God of my praise, do not be silent!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; a psalm by David.] O God, whom I praise, do not turn a deaf ear to me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. A Psalm of David. O God of my praise, keep not silence;

New American Standard 1977
O God of my praise,
            Do not be silent!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not hold thy peace, O God of my praise;

King James 2000 Bible
Hold not your peace, O God of my praise;

American King James Version
Hold not your peace, O God of my praise;

American Standard Version
Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, a psalm for David.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. Of David. A Psalm.} O God of my praise, be not silent:

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

World English Bible
God of my praise, don't remain silent,

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm of David. O God of my praise, be not silent,
Study Bible
God of My Praise, Don’t Remain Silent
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O God of my praise, Do not be silent! 2For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:21
"He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.

Psalm 28:1
A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit.

Psalm 83:1
A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.

Psalm 148:14
And He has lifted up a horn for His people, Praise for all His godly ones; Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the LORD!

Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise.
Treasury of Scripture

Hold not your peace, O God of my praise;

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Psalm 28:1 To you will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if …

Psalm 35:22,23 This you have seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me…

Psalm 83:1 Keep not you silence, O God: hold not your peace, and be not still, O God.

Isaiah 42:14 I have long time held my peace; I have been still, and refrained …

O God

Psalm 118:28 You are my God, and I will praise you: you are my God, I will exalt you.

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: …

Deuteronomy 10:21 He is your praise, and he is your God, that has done for you these …

Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: …

(1) God of my praise.--That is, God to whom as covenant God it was a privilege to make tehillah. (See Deuteronomy 10:20-21, where Jehovah is said to be "the praise" of those who "swear by His name." Comp. also Psalm 106:2-3, and Note, and Psalm 33:1. Perhaps "God of my glory or boast" would more nearly give the force of the original. The psalmist prays that Jehovah's silence may not make his confident glorifying in the covenant promises vain.

Verses 1-5. - The initial prayer and complaint. The prayer occupies one verse only (ver. 1); the complaint four verses (vers. 2-5). Verse 1. - Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise (comp. Psalm 28:1; Psalm 35:22; Psalm 39:12). If God makes no sign when men arc grievously persecuted, he seems to be indifferent to their sufferings. Surely he will not thus treat one who praises him continually (Psalm 22:26; Psalm 71:6). Hold not thy peace,.... Or be not as a deaf or dumb man, or like one that turns a deaf ear and will give no answer; so the Lord seems to his people when he does not give an immediate answer to their prayers, and does not arise to help them; he seems to have forsaken them, and to stand at a distance from them; nor does he avenge them of their enemies; it is the Messiah, as man, that puts up this petition, and it agrees with Psalm 22:2.

O God of my praise; worthy of all praise, because of the perfections of his nature, and for the mercies he bestows; and is and ought to be the constant object of the praise of his people, and was the object of the praise of Christ; see Psalm 22:22, who praised him for his wonderful formation as man, having such a holy human nature, so suitable to his divine Person, and so fit for the service of his people; for his preservation from his enemies, and the deliverance of him from death and the grave, by his resurrection; for hearing his petitions, and for the special grace bestowed on his people; see Psalm 139:14. Or, "O God of my glorying (w)"; in whom he gloried, of whom he boasted; as he often with exultation spoke of him as his God and Father: or, "the God that praises me"; for his praise was not of men, but of God, who by a voice from heaven declared him his beloved Son, in whom he was well pleased, Matthew 3:17.

(w) "gloriationis meae", Cocceius; "de quo glorior", so some in Vatablus. 1 Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;

2 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.

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

4 For my love they are my adversaries; but I give myself unto prayer.

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

Psalm 109:1

"Hold not thy peace." Mine enemies speak, be thou pleased to speak too. Break thy solemn silence, and silence those who slander me. It is the cry of a man whose confidence in God is deep, and whose communion with him is very close and bold. Note, that he only asks the Lord to speak: a word from God is all a believer needs. "O God of my praise." Thou whom my whole soul praises, be pleased to protect my honour and guard my praise. "My heart is fixed," said he in the former Psalm, "I will sing and give praise," and now he appeals to the God whom he had praised. If we take care of God's honour he will take care of ours. We may look to him as the guardian of our character if we truly seek his glory. If we live to God's praise, he will in the long run give us praise among men.

Psalm 109:2

"For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me." Wicked men must needs say wicked things, and these we have reason to dread; but in addition they utter false and deceitful things, and these are worst of all. There is no knowing what may come out of mouths which are at once lewd and lying. The misery caused to a good man by slanderous reports no heart can imagine but that which is wounded by them: in all Satan's armoury there are no worse weapons than deceitful tongues. To have a reputation, over which we have watched with daily care, suddenly bespattered with the foulest aspersions, is painful beyond description; but when wicked and deceitful men get their mouths fully opened we can hardly expect to escape any more than others. "They have spoken against me with a lying tongue." Lying tongues cannot lie still. Bad tongues are not content to vilify bad men, but choose the most gracious of saints to be the objects of their attacks. Here is reason enough for prayer. The heart sinks when assailed with slander, for we know not what may be said next, what friend may be alienated, what evil may be threatened, or what misery may be caused to us and others. The air is full of rumours, and shadows impalpable flit around; the mind is confused with dread of unseen foes and invisible arrows. What ill can be worse than to be assailed with slander,

"Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whoso tongue

Outvenoms all the worms of Nile"?

Psalm 109:3

"They compassed me about also with words of hatred." Turn which way he would they hedged him in with falsehood, misrepresentation, accusation, and scorn. Whispers, sneers, insinuations, satires, and open charges filled his ear with a perpetual buzz, and all for no reason, but sheer hate. Each word was as full of venom as an egg is full of meat; they could not speak without showing their teeth. "And fought against me without a cause." He had not provoked the quarrel or contributed to it, yet in a thousand ways they laboured to "corrode his comfort, and destroy his case." All this tended to make the suppliant feel the more acutely the wrongs which were done to him.

Psalm 109:4

continued...PSALM 109

Ps 109:1-31. The writer complains of his virulent enemies, on whom he imprecates God's righteous punishment, and to a prayer for a divine interposition in his behalf appends the expression of his confidence and a promise of his praises. This Psalm is remarkable for the number and severity of its imprecations. Its evident typical character (compare Ps 109:8) justifies the explanation of these already given, that as the language of David respecting his own enemies, or those of Christ, it has respect not to the penitent, but to the impenitent and implacable foes of good men, and of God and His cause, whose inevitable fate is thus indicated by inspired authority.

1. God of my praise—its object, thus recognizing God as a certain helper. Be not silent (compare Ps 17:13; 28:1).109:1-5. It is the unspeakable comfort of all believers, that whoever is against them, God is for them; and to him they may apply as to one pleased to concern himself for them. David's enemies laughed at him for his devotion, but they could not laugh him out of it.
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