Psalm 109:28
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!

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

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

New King James Version
Let them curse, but You bless; When they arise, let them be ashamed, But let Your servant rejoice.

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

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

Contemporary English Version
I don't care if they curse me, as long as you bless me. You will make my enemies fail when they attack, and you will make me glad to be your servant.

Good News Translation
They may curse me, but you will bless me. May my persecutors be defeated, and may I, your servant, be glad.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let them curse, but thou shalt bless: let them that rise up against me be ashamed, but let thy servant 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
The Song of the Slandered
27Let them know that this is Your hand, that You, O LORD, have done it. 28Though they curse, You will bless. When they rise up, they will be put to shame, but Your servant will rejoice. 29My accusers will be clothed with disgrace; they will wear their shame like a robe.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:11
Then David said to Abishai and all his servants, "Behold, my own son, my own flesh and blood, seeks my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone and let him curse me, for the LORD has told him so.

2 Samuel 16:12
Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and repay me with good for the cursing I receive today."

Isaiah 65:14
My servants will shout for joy with a glad heart, but you will cry out with a heavy heart and 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.

let them

Psalm 109:17
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.

Numbers 22:12
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

Numbers 23:20,23
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it…

but let

Isaiah 65:13-16
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: …

John 16:22
And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.







Lexicon
Though they
הֵמָּה֮ (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

curse,
יְקַֽלְלוּ־ (yə·qal·lū-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7043: To be slight, swift or trifling

You
וְאַתָּ֪ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

will bless.
תְבָ֫רֵ֥ךְ (ṯə·ḇā·rêḵ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

When they rise up,
קָ֤מוּ ׀ (qā·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

they will be put to shame,
וַיֵּבֹ֗שׁוּ (way·yê·ḇō·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

but Your servant
וְֽעַבְדְּךָ֥ (wə·‘aḇ·də·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

will rejoice.
יִשְׂמָֽח׃ (yiś·māḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8055: To brighten up, be, blithe, gleesome
(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. 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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