Psalm 109:9
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English Standard Version
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow!

King James Bible
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

American Standard Version
Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

English Revised Version
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Psalm 109:9 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A sign for help and complaints of ungrateful persecutors form the beginning of the Psalm. "God of my praise" is equivalent to God, who art my praise, Jeremiah 17:14, cf. Deuteronomy 10:21. The God whom the Psalmist has hitherto had reason to praise will also now show Himself to him as worthy to be praised. Upon this faith he bases the prayer: be not silent (Psalm 28:1; Psalm 35:22)! A mouth such as belongs to the "wicked," a mouth out of which comes "deceit," have they opened against him; they have spoken with him a tongue (accusative, vid., on Psalm 64:6), i.e., a language, of falsehood. דּברי of things and utterances as in Psalm 35:20. It would be capricious to take the suffix of אהבתי in Psalm 109:4 as genit. object. (love which they owe me), and in Psalm 109:5 as genit. subject.; from Psalm 38:21 it may be seen that the love which he has shown to them is also meant in Psalm 109:4. The assertion that he is "prayer" is intended to say that he, repudiating all revenges of himself, takes refuge in God in prayer and commits his cause into His hands. They have loaded him with evil for good, and hatred for the love he has shown to them. Twice he lays emphasis on the fact that it is love which they have requited to him with its opposite. Perfects alternate with aorists: it is no enmity of yesterday; the imprecations that follow presuppose an inflexible obduracy on the side of the enemies.

Psalm 109:9 Parallel Commentaries

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Exodus 22:24 And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

Jeremiah 18:21 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword...

Lamentations 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Cross References
Exodus 22:24
and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.

Jeremiah 18:21
Therefore deliver up their children to famine; give them over to the power of the sword; let their wives become childless and widowed. May their men meet death by pestilence, their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.

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