Psalm 109:17
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New International Version
He loved to pronounce a curse-- may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing-- may it be far from him.

New Living Translation
He loved to curse others; now you curse him. He never blessed others; now don't you bless him.

English Standard Version
He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!

New American Standard Bible
He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.

King James Bible
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He loved cursing--let it fall on him; he took no delight in blessing--let it be far from him.

International Standard Version
He loved to curse—may his curses return upon him! He took no delight in blessing others — so may blessings be far from him.

NET Bible
He loved to curse others, so those curses have come upon him. He had no desire to bless anyone, so he has experienced no blessings.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him. He did not delight in blessing, and it was far from him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They loved curses and they did not choose blessings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He loved to put curses [on others], so he, too, was cursed. He did not like to bless [others], so he never received a blessing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, he loved cursing, and it came unto him; And he delighted not in blessing, and it is far from him.

New American Standard 1977
He also loved cursing, so it came to him;
            And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As he loved the curse, so let it come unto him; as he delighted not in the blessing, so let it be far from him.

King James 2000 Bible
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

American King James Version
As he loved cursing, so let it come to him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

American Standard Version
Yea, he loved cursing, and it came unto him; And he delighted not in blessing, and it was far from him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But persecuted the poor man and the beggar; and the broken in heart, to put him to death.

Darby Bible Translation
And he loved cursing; so let it come unto him. And he delighted not in blessing; and let it be far from him.

English Revised Version
Yea, he loved cursing, and it came unto him; and he delighted not in blessing, and it was far from him.

Webster's Bible Translation
As he loved cursing, so let it come to him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

World English Bible
Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him. He didn't delight in blessing, and it was far from him.

Young's Literal Translation
And he loveth reviling, and it meeteth him, And he hath not delighted in blessing, And it is far from him.
Study Bible
God of My Praise, Don’t Remain Silent
16Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death. 17He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him. 18But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into his body like water And like oil into his bones.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:2
For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his.

Ezekiel 35:9
"I will make you an everlasting desolation and your cities will not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

As he loved cursing, so let it come to him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

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Ezekiel 35:6 Therefore, as I live, said the Lord GOD, I will prepare you to blood, …

Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what …

2 Thessalonians 2:10,11 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have …

(17, 18) Let.--The optatives in the English are wrong. These verses express facts, and the imprecation follows in Psalm 109:19. Render--

He loved cursing; and it comes;

He delighted not in blessing; and it departs;

Yea, he clothed himself in cursing as with his cloak,

And it came like water into his bowels,

And like oil into his bones;

May it be, &c.

Comp. the proverb, "Curses, like chickens, always come home to roost."

The fabled shirt of Nessus, which ate into the mighty form of Hercules, has suggested itself to commentators in illustration of this image. In a good sense the same figure is a favourite one with the Hebrews. (See Isaiah 11:5.)

Psalm 109:19 has struck most commentators as an anticlimax, and the quotation theory is supported by this fact. But imprecations show their impotence in this way; the angry soul can never be quite "unpacked with curses;" the language of passion exhausts itself too soon, and a violent speech often dies away in unintelligible mutterings or even gestures of rage.

Verse 17. - As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him; rather, so it came upon him (Revised Version), or so it shall come upon him (LXX., Cheyne). The one of David's enemies who "loved cursing" most was Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5-12). As he de lighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him; rather, so it was, or so it will be, far from him. As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him,.... Judas loved that which brought a curse upon him, sin; and so he may be said to love the curse; just as sinners are said to love death, Proverbs 8:36. He was desirous of and sought after it, to bring Christ to an accursed death; and which he accomplished and pleased himself with; and therefore it was a just retaliation upon him that the curse should light on him, and he himself come to a shameful and ignominious death. The Jews loved the cursing law, the flying roll, called the curse in Zechariah 5:2, which curses every transgressor of it: they boasted of it, rested in it, and sought for righteousness by it; and submitted not unto, but despised, the righteousness of Christ; and therefore it was but just they should come under the curse of the law: they imprecated the curse on them and their children, saying, "His blood be upon us and them", Matthew 27:25 and which accordingly came upon them, and remains to this day.

As he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him; Judas delighted not in the good will and good wishes of any to Christ, as appears from his dislike of the ointment being poured on his head by the poor woman, in John 12:4, and so the Jews were displeased at the children, and at the disciples in the temple, blessing Christ, pronouncing him blessed, and wishing blessings to him, Matthew 21:15, yea, they delighted not in their own blessedness, or in that which only could give it to them; they delighted not in Christ, who was sent to bless them, but despised and rejected him; nor in the Gospel, which is full of blessings; and particularly not in the doctrine of justification by Christ's righteousness, which commonly makes a man blessed: yea, in a sense, they judged themselves unworthy of everlasting life; and therefore it was but a righteous thing that blessing should be far from Judas and the Jews, as it was; even temporal, spiritual, and eternal blessings: yet there have been a sort of heretics (e), that have highly praised and commended Judas, as doing a brave and noble action in betraying Christ, whereby the work of salvation was hastened.

(e) Epiphan. contra Haeres. l. 1. Haer. 38. 17-19. Let his loved sin, cursing, come upon him in punishment (Ps 35:8), thoroughly fill him as water and oil, permeating to every part of his system (compare Nu 5:22-27), and become a garment and a girdle for a perpetual dress.109:6-20 The Lord Jesus may speak here as a Judge, denouncing sentence on some of his enemies, to warn others. When men reject the salvation of Christ, even their prayers are numbered among their sins. See what hurries some to shameful deaths, and brings the families and estates of others to ruin; makes them and theirs despicable and hateful, and brings poverty, shame, and misery upon their posterity: it is sin, that mischievous, destructive thing. And what will be the effect of the sentence, Go, ye cursed, upon the bodies and souls of the wicked! How it will affect the senses of the body, and the powers of the soul, with pain, anguish, horror, and despair! Think on these things, sinners, tremble and repent.
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