Prayer For a Country In Times of Tyranny

For the conductor. Of David, a song. O God of my praise, be not silent.
For the mouth of a wicked man and the mouth of a deceitful man have opened upon me; they spoke with me with a lying tongue.
And with words of hatred they have surrounded me, and they have fought with me without cause.
When he is judged, let him emerge guilty, and let his prayer be accounted as a sin.
May his days be few, and may someone else take his office of dignity.
May his sons be orphans and his wife a widow.
May his sons wander, and [people] should ask and search from their ruins.
May a creditor search out all he has, and may strangers despoil his labor.
May he have none who extends kindness, and may no one be gracious to his orphans.
May his end be to be cut off; in another generation may their name be blotted out.
May the iniquity against his forefathers be remembered by the Lord, and may the sin against his mother not be erased.
May they be before the Lord constantly, and may He cut off their remembrance from the earth.
Because he did not remember to do kindness, and he pursued a poor and needy man, and a broken-hearted one, to kill [him].
And he loved a curse, and it came upon him; and he did not desire a blessing, and it distanced itself from him.
And he donned a curse like his garment, and it came into his midst like water and into his bones like oil.
May it be to him as a garment with which he envelops himself and as a girdle with which he constantly girds himself.
This is the recompense of my adversaries from the Lord, and those who speak evil upon my soul.


(Psalms 109:1-3,7-21)

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