Psalm 109:17
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!

Berean Study Bible
The cursing that he loved, may it fall on him; the blessing in which he refused to delight, may it be 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.

New King James Version
As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let 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.

NASB 1995
He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.

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

Amplified Bible
He also loved cursing, and it came [back] to him; He did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.

Christian Standard Bible
He loved cursing—let it fall on him; he took no delight in blessing—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.

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He loved cursing also, and it shall come upon him; and he took not pleasure in blessing, so it shall be removed far from him.

Contemporary English Version
"He cursed others. Now place a curse on him! He never wished others well. Wish only trouble for him!

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

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

Good News Translation
He loved to curse--may he be cursed! He hated to give blessings--may no one bless him!

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.

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
And he loves reviling, and it meets him, "" And he has not delighted in blessing, "" And it is 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Song of the Slandered
16For he never thought to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and brokenhearted, even to their death. 17The cursing that he loved, may it fall on him; the blessing in which he refused to delight, may it be far from him. 18The cursing that he wore like a coat, may it soak into his body like water, and into his bones like oil.…

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 receives the fill of his own ways, but a good man is rewarded for his ways.

Ezekiel 35:9
I will make you a perpetual 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.

Psalm 52:4,5
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue…

Psalm 59:12,13
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak…

Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The cursing
קְ֭לָלָה (qə·lā·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7045: Vilification

he loved,
וַיֶּאֱהַ֣ב (way·ye·’ĕ·haḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

may it fall on him;
וַתְּבוֹאֵ֑הוּ (wat·tə·ḇō·w·’ê·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

the blessing
בִּ֝בְרָכָ֗ה (biḇ·rā·ḵāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1293: Benediction, prosperity

he refused
וְֽלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

to delight in,
חָפֵ֥ץ (ḥā·p̄êṣ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire

may it be far
וַתִּרְחַ֥ק (wat·tir·ḥaq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7368: To be or become far or distant

from him.
מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃ (mim·men·nū)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of


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