Psalm 109:28
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New International Version
While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice.

New Living Translation
Then let them curse me if they like, but you will bless me! When they attack me, they will be disgraced! But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing!

English Standard Version
Let them curse, but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!

New American Standard Bible
Let them curse, but You bless; When they arise, they shall be ashamed, But Your servant shall be glad.

King James Bible
Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though they curse, You will bless. When they rise up, they will be put to shame, but Your servant will rejoice.

International Standard Version
They will curse, but you will bless. When they attack, they will be humiliated, while your servant rejoices.

NET Bible
They curse, but you will bless. When they attack, they will be humiliated, but your servant will rejoice.

New Heart English Bible
They may curse, but you bless. When they arise, they will be shamed, but your servant shall rejoice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They will be cursed and you will be blessed and your Servant will rejoice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They may curse, but you will bless. Let those who attack me be ashamed, but let me rejoice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them curse, but bless Thou; When they arise, they shall be put to shame, but Thy servant shall rejoice.

New American Standard 1977
Let them curse, but do Thou bless;
            When they arise, they shall be ashamed,
            But Thy servant shall be glad.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let them curse, but bless thou; when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let thy slave rejoice.

King James 2000 Bible
Let them curse, but you bless: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let your servant rejoice.

American King James Version
Let them curse, but bless you: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let your servant rejoice.

American Standard Version
Let them curse, but bless thou: When they arise, they shall be put to shame, But thy servant shall rejoice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They will curse and thou will bless: let them that rise up against me be confounded: but thy servant shall rejoice.

Darby Bible Translation
Let them curse, but bless thou; when they rise up, let them be ashamed, and let thy servant rejoice.

English Revised Version
Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, they shall be ashamed, but thy servant shall rejoice.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

World English Bible
They may curse, but you bless. When they arise, they will be shamed, but your servant shall rejoice.

Young's Literal Translation
They revile, and Thou dost bless, They have risen, and are ashamed, And Thy servant doth rejoice.
Study Bible
God of My Praise, Don’t Remain Silent
27And let them know that this is Your hand; You, LORD, have done it. 28Let them curse, but You bless; When they arise, they shall be ashamed, But Your servant shall be glad. 29Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor, And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:11
Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, "Behold, my son who came out from me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him.

2 Samuel 16:12
"Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day."

Isaiah 65:14
"Behold, My servants will shout joyfully with a glad heart, But you will cry out with a heavy heart, And you will wail with a broken spirit.
Treasury of Scripture

Let them curse, but bless you: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let your servant rejoice.

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(28-31) It is impossible not to notice the anti-climax in these verses, if they are spoken by the same person as Psalm 109:16-20, and directed against the same enemies, of whom the one there singled out is the prominent figure. It is not only that the effect is weakened by the change back to the plural number, but the same imprecations are repeated in a diluted and modified form. But perhaps in Psalm 109:28 we should drop the optative, and read, "they will curse, but thou dost bless."

Verse 28. - Let them curse, but bless thou; i.e. "Let them curse, if they will. What matters it? Provided only that thou blessest." When they arise. When they attempt to put their malevolent designs in act. Let them be ashamed; or, "they shall be ashamed" (Revised Version); i.e. they shall fail so utterly, that they shall be covered with shame. But let thy servant rejoice; rather, but thy servant shall rejoice. "Thy servant" is the psalmist himself (comp. Psalm 69:17). He will rejoice at their failure, which secures his safety. Let them curse, but bless thou,.... Let them curse me, as Shimei did David, the type of Christ; let them curse themselves, as they did; or my people: or "let them be cursed", as the Syriac version; cursed in life and at death, and to all eternity: but "bless thou me", the Messiah; as he did, when he raised him front the dead, set him at his right hand, and gave him a name above everyone, and made him most blessed for evermore; and bless my people with all spiritual blessings of grace, and with eternal glory and happiness. Or "be thou blessed"; let honour, blessing, and praise, be continually ascribed to thee; if God does but bless, it is no matter if wicked men curse, so Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it; see 2 Samuel 16:11.

When they arise, let them be ashamed; be suffered to do those things which may bring shame and disgrace upon them; or let them be disappointed and so confounded, as the Jews were; who though they so far gained their point as to bring Christ to the dust of death and the grave, yet to their great confusion he arose again from the dead; or let them be ashamed at the last day, as they will be when Christ shall come in the clouds of heaven and be their Judge, who will then be glad to shelter themselves in rocks and caves. This is imprecated to be done

when they shall arise: rise up against Christ to take away his life; rise up against his disciples to persecute them, against his Gospel to contradict and blaspheme it, and against his cause and interest to crush it; or against the Romans, to shake off their yoke, when they were brought to great shame and confusion; or when they shall arise at the resurrection of the dead, which will be to shame and everlasting contempt, Daniel 12:2.

But let thy servant rejoice; the Messiah, who appeared in the form of a servant; came not as a temporal lord and prince, to be ministered unto, but as a servant, to minister to others; and who is a servant of God's choosing, calling, and sending, and whom he faithfully served; and who, as prayed for, did rejoice in the strength of the Lord, given him as man; and in the salvation wrought for and by him, Psalm 21:1, in the work of the Lord prospering in his hand; in his victory over sin, Satan, the world, and death; in the presence of God he was made glad with, and in the glory promised him, which he had with his Father before the world was, Psalm 16:11. 28-31. In confidence that God's blessing would come on him, and confusion and shame on his enemies (Ps 73:13), he ceases to regard their curses, and anticipates a season of joyful and public thanksgiving; for God is near to protect (Ps 16:8; 34:6) the poor from all unrighteous judges who may condemn him. 109:21-31 The psalmist takes God's comforts to himself, but in a very humble manner. He was troubled in mind. His body was wasted, and almost worn away. But it is better to have leanness in the body, while the soul prospers and is in health, than to have leanness in the soul, while the body is feasted. He was ridiculed and reproached by his enemies. But if God bless us, we need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? He pleads God's glory, and the honour of his name. Save me, not according to my merit, for I pretend to none, but according to thy-mercy. He concludes with the joy of faith, in assurance that his present conflicts would end in triumphs. Let all that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him. Jesus, unjustly put to death, and now risen again, is an Advocate and Intercessor for his people, ever ready to appear on their behalf against a corrupt world, and the great accuser.
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