Psalm 109:4
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.

Berean Study Bible
In return for my love they accuse me, but I am a man of 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
I had pity and prayed for my enemies, but their words to me were harsh and cruel.

Good News Translation
They oppose me, even though I love them and have prayed for them.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Instead of loving me, they falsely accused me: but I continued to pray.

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
The Song of the Slandered
3They surround me with hateful words and attack me without cause. 4In return for my love they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. 5They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my love.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:4
if I have rewarded my ally with evil, if I have plundered my foe without cause,

Psalm 38:20
Those who repay my good with evil attack me for pursuing the good.

Psalm 69:13
But my prayer to You, O LORD, is for a time of favor. In Your abundant loving devotion, O God, answer me with Your sure salvation.

Psalm 120:7
I am in favor of peace; but when I speak, they want war.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.

Jeremiah 18:20
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your wrath from them.

Treasury of Scripture

For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer.

for my

Psalm 35:7,12
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul…

Psalm 38:20
They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

2 Samuel 13:39
And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

but I

Psalm 55:16,17
As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me…

Psalm 69:12,13
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards…

2 Samuel 15:31,32
And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness…







Lexicon
In return for
תַּֽחַת־ (ta·ḥaṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

my love
אַהֲבָתִ֥י (’a·hă·ḇā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 160: Love (noun)

they accuse me,
יִשְׂטְנ֗וּנִי (yiś·ṭə·nū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7853: To be or act as adversary

but I [am a man]
וַאֲנִ֥י (wa·’ă·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

[of] prayer.
תְפִלָּֽה׃ (ṯə·p̄il·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn
(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." 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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