Psalm 109:6
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New International Version
Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.

New Living Translation
They say, "Get an evil person to turn against him. Send an accuser to bring him to trial.

English Standard Version
Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand at his right hand.

New American Standard Bible
Appoint a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand.

King James Bible
Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Set a wicked person over him; let an accuser stand at his right hand.

International Standard Version
Appoint an evil person over him; may an accuser stand at his right side.

NET Bible
Appoint an evil man to testify against him! May an accuser stand at his right side!

New Heart English Bible
Set a wicked man over him. Let an adversary stand at his right hand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Command evil against them and Satan shall stand at their right hand!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[I said,] "Appoint the evil one to oppose him. Let Satan stand beside him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Set Thou a wicked man over him; And let an adversary stand at his right hand.

New American Standard 1977
Appoint a wicked man over him;
            And let an accuser stand at his right hand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Set thou the wicked man over him, and let Satan stand at his right hand.

King James 2000 Bible
Set you a wicked man over him: and let an accuser stand at his right hand.

American King James Version
Set you a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

American Standard Version
Set thou a wicked man over him; And let an adversary stand at his right hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Set thou the sinner over him: and may the devil stand at his right hand.

Darby Bible Translation
Set a wicked [man] over him, and let [the] adversary stand at his right hand;

English Revised Version
Set thou a wicked man over him: and let an adversary stand at his right hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

World English Bible
Set a wicked man over him. Let an adversary stand at his right hand.

Young's Literal Translation
Appoint Thou over him the wicked, And an adversary standeth at his right hand.
Study Bible
God of My Praise, Don’t Remain Silent
5Thus they have repaid me evil for good And hatred for my love. 6Appoint a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand. 7When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin.…
Cross References
Zechariah 3:1
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

Psalm 109:7
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin.
Treasury of Scripture

Set you a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

set thou. Dr. Sykes, Michaelis, and others, contend that these imprecations are those of David's enemies against himself; and they would render, Set say they, a wicked, etc; but this is rendered highly improbable by the

Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. …

and let

Zechariah 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel …

John 13:2,27 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of …

Satan, or, an adversary

Matthew 5:25 Agree with your adversary quickly, whiles you are in the way with …

(6) Set thou a wicked man over him.--This rendering is abundantly confirmed by Leviticus 26:16; Numbers 4:27; Numbers 27:16; Jeremiah 15:3; Jeremiah 51:27, against Hitzig's proposed "Pronounce against him--guilty," which also would only anticipate Psalm 109:7. (Comp., too, the noun "office" in Psalm 109:8, from the same verb.) The wish expressed is that the persons indicated may fall into the hands of an unscrupulous judge. If, however, we are to think of the divine judgment, then this clause must be taken as exactly parallel to the next: "Appoint a wicked man against him." Here the imprecatory part of the psalm begins, and it has been ingeniously argued that the whole of it (Psalm 109:6-20) is a quotation, giving, not the psalmist's curse on his foes, but theirs on him. Such quotations, without any introductory words, are common, and the theory is tenable, but improbable.

Satan.--By no means here a proper name, though the LXX. and Vulg. have diabolus. The use of the same word in Psalm 109:4; Psalm 109:20; Psalm 109:29 is decisive on giving it the general meaning, "adversary" (as in margin) here; even though without the article. Satan is used for the tempting angel in 1Chronicles 21:1, and in Zechariah 3:1 we find the same post, "at the right hand," assigned to the accuser. An unscrupulous judge and an adversary as accuser, these are the substance of this imprecation.

Verses 6-15. - The imprecatory portion of the psalm now begins. It is no doubt true to say, with Tholuck, that "no passion is discernible in the imprecations, dreadful as they are." Clearly the writer is not moved by personal feelings of hostility, but by a spirit of justice, and an intense abhorrence of sin. He delivers a calm judicial sentence. Still, the spirit of Christian love must ever shrink from such utterances, which belong to an earlier and less perfect dispensation (comp. Luke 9:51-56). Verse 6. - Set thou a wicked man over him; i.e. to judge him (see ver. 7). A persecutor deserves to be himself persecuted, an oppressor to be himself oppressed. "Nec lex justior ulla est, Quam necis artifices arte periresua." And let Satan stand at his right hand; rather, an adversary, or an accuser. In courts of justice the accuser stood at the accused person's right hand. Set thou a wicked man over him,.... Or "them", as the Syriac version; over everyone of his adversaries, and all of them: and which may be interpreted, as it is by Cocceius, of tyrannical princes and governors, set over the Jews, as Tiberius, Caius, Claudius, Nero, &c. and their deputies, Pilate, Felix, Festus, Florus; all wicked men, and which were a judgment on them for their usage of Christ. Though here some single person is designed, even Judas, notorious for his enmity and ingratitude to Christ; and by the wicked one set over him may be meant Satan, as in the next clause, as he is sometimes called, Matthew 13:38, into whose hands and power Judas was put, under whose influence he was; who entered into him, took possession of him, and put it into his heart to betray his Master, John 13:2.

And let Satan stand at his right hand; to direct and influence him, to solicit and tempt him to do the evil he did, and to accuse him for it when done; see Zechariah 3:1. 6 Set thou a wicked man over him; and let Satan stand at his fight hand.

7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned; and let his prayer become sin.

8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg; let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him; neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

15 Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

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

18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

19 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.

continued...6. over him—one of his enemies prominent in malignity (Ps 55:12).

let Satan stand—as an accuser, whose place was the right hand of the accused (Zec 3:1, 2).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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