Psalm 109:4
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New International Version
In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.

New Living Translation
I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!

English Standard Version
In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.

New American Standard Bible
In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer.

King James Bible
For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In return for my love they accuse me, but I continue to pray.

International Standard Version
Instead of receiving my love, they accuse me, though I continue in prayer.

NET Bible
They repay my love with accusations, but I continue to pray.

New Heart English Bible
In return for my love, they are my adversaries; but I am in prayer.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In exchange for my love they regarded me with malice, and I have been praying for them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In return for my love, they accuse me, but I pray for them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In return for my love they are my adversaries; But I am all prayer.

New American Standard 1977
In return for my love they act as my accusers;
            But I am in prayer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They have responded to my love by becoming my adversaries, but I give myself unto prayer.

King James 2000 Bible
For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

American King James Version
For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer.

American Standard Version
For my love they are my adversaries: But I give myself unto prayer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Instead of making me a return of love, they detracted me: but I gave myself to prayer.

Darby Bible Translation
For my love they are mine adversaries; but I [give myself unto] prayer.

English Revised Version
For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

Webster's Bible Translation
For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer.

World English Bible
In return for my love, they are my adversaries; but I am in prayer.

Young's Literal Translation
For my love they oppose me, and I -- prayer!
Study Bible
God of My Praise, Don’t Remain Silent
3They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause. 4In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer. 5Thus they have repaid me evil for good And hatred for my love.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:4
If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,

Psalm 38:20
And those who repay evil for good, They oppose me, because I follow what is good.

Psalm 69:13
But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with Your saving truth.

Psalm 120:7
I am for peace, but when I speak, They are for war.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.

Jeremiah 18:20
Should good be repaid with evil? For they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You To speak good on their behalf, So as to turn away Your wrath from them.
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(4) For my love . . .--i.e., in return for my love I give myself unto prayer. For a concise expression of the same kind as "I prayer," see Psalm 120:7, "I peace." Of course the psalmist means, that in the face of all the taunts and reproaches of his maligners, he simply and naturally has recourse to prayer, and, as the context seems to indicate, prayer for them.

Verse 4. - For my love they are my adversaries. The tenderness and kindness of the good towards wicked men does not soften them. Rather it provokes them to greater hostility. This was seen clearly in the instance of Saul. But I give myself unto prayer; literally, but I prayer; i.e. "but I am wholly prayer," "I do nothing during their attacks on me but pray for them." For my love they are my adversaries,.... For the love that Christ showed to the Jews; to their bodies, in going about and healing all manner of diseases among them; to their souls, in preaching, the Gospel to them in each of their cities; and for the love he showed to mankind in coming into the world to save them, which should have commanded love again; but instead of this they became his implacable adversaries: they acted the part of Satan; they were as so many Satans to him, as the word signifies.

But I give myself unto prayer; or "I am a man of prayer" (y); as Aben Ezra and Kimchi supply it; so he was in the days of his flesh, Hebrews 5:7, he was constant at it, and fervent in it; sometimes a whole night together at it: his usual method was, when at Jerusalem, to teach in the temple in the daytime, and at night to go to the mount of Olives, and there abide and pray, Luke 6:12. This was the armour he alone made use of against his enemies, when they fought against him, and acted the part of an adversary to him; he betook himself to nothing else but prayer; he did not return railing for railing, but committed himself in prayer to God, who judgeth righteously, 1 Peter 2:23, yea, he prayed for those his adversaries: and so Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it, that he was a man of prayer for them, and prayed for them; as it is certain Christ did, when he was encompassed by his enemies, and they were venting all their spite and malice against him, Luke 23:34.

(y) "et ego vir orationis", Pagninus, Gejerus. 4, 5. They return evil for good (compare Ps 27:12; Pr 17:13).

I give myself unto prayer—or literally, "I (am) prayer," or, "as for me, prayer," that is, it is my resource for comfort in distress.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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