Psalm 109:7
New International Version
When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.

New Living Translation
When his case comes up for judgment, let him be pronounced guilty. Count his prayers as sins.

English Standard Version
When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin!

Berean Study Bible
When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayer be regarded as sin.

King James Bible
When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

New King James Version
When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin.

New American Standard Bible
When he is judged, may he come out guilty, And may his prayer become sin.

NASB 1995
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin.

NASB 1977
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty; And let his prayer become sin.

Amplified Bible
When he enters into dispute, let wickedness come about. Let his prayer [for help] result [only] in sin.

Christian Standard Bible
When he is judged, let him be found guilty, and let his prayer be counted as sin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he is judged, let him be found guilty, and let his prayer be counted as sin.

American Standard Version
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty; And let his prayer be turned into sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they are judged they will go out condemned and their prayer will be sin!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
When he is judged, let him go forth condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

Contemporary English Version
Try him and find him guilty! Consider his prayers a lie.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he is judged, may he go out condemned; and may his prayer be turned to sin.

English Revised Version
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty; and let his prayer be turned into sin.

Good News Translation
May he be tried and found guilty; may even his prayer be considered a crime!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he stands trial, let him be found guilty. Let his prayer be considered sinful.

International Standard Version
When he is judged, may he be found guilty; may his prayer be regarded as sin.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When he is judged, let him go forth condemned; And let his prayer be turned into sin.

Literal Standard Version
In his being judged, he goes forth wicked, "" And his prayer is for sin.

NET Bible
When he is judged, he will be found guilty! Then his prayer will be regarded as sinful.

New Heart English Bible
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty. Let his prayer be turned into sin.

World English Bible
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty. Let his prayer be turned into sin.

Young's Literal Translation
In his being judged, he goeth forth wicked, And his prayer is for sin.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Song of the Slandered
6Set over him a wicked man; let an accuser stand at his right hand. 7When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayer be regarded as sin. 8May his days be few; may another take his position.…

Cross References
Psalm 1:5
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:9
Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.


Treasury of Scripture

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

be condemned.

Romans 3:19
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Galatians 3:10
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

and let

2 Samuel 15:7,8
And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron…

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Proverbs 21:27
The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?









(7) When he shall be judged.--Literally, in his being judged. (See margin.) The meaning is, "may he go out of court a condemned man."

Let his prayer become sin.--If this clause stood by itself, the most natural way would be to give "prayer" and "sin" their usual sense, and see in it the horrible hope that the man's prayer to God for mercy would be reckoned as "sin." That such was the result of the performance of religious rites by a wicked man was, it is true, a thought familiar to the Hebrew. (See, in addition to the marginal reference, Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 21:27.) But the judgment just spoken of is that of an earthly tribunal. Hence we must render here, let his prayer be an offence, that is, instead of procuring him a mitigation of his sentence, let it rather provoke the unscrupulous judge to make it heavier. For sin in this sense of offence, see Ecclesiastes 10:4, and comp. 1Kings 1:21.

Verse 7. - When he shall be judged, let him be condemned; literally, let him go forth condemned; Let him quit the court under sentence. And let his prayer become sin. The most terrible of all the imprecations. "Let him even be unable to pray to God acceptably," and so let any prayer that he offers when he is brought low be an additional sin (comp. Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 1:12-15).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When he is tried,
בְּ֭הִשָּׁ֣פְטוֹ (bə·hiš·šā·p̄ə·ṭōw)
Preposition-b | Verb - Nifal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

let him be found guilty,
רָשָׁ֑ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

and may his prayer
וּ֝תְפִלָּת֗וֹ (ū·ṯə·p̄il·lā·ṯōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

be regarded
תִּהְיֶ֥ה (tih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

as sin.
לַֽחֲטָאָֽה׃ (la·ḥă·ṭā·’āh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2401: An offence, a sacrifice for, it


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