Messiah’s prayers and praised for judgement on Judas and Judas-like men 

Whatever the occasion of which David wrote, there is no doubt that it shadowed the coming betrayal of our Lord by Judas. It is not without cause that other generations called this, the Iscariotic psalm. The New Testament proof of this is found in Acts 1:16. Such a sin of selling the blood of Christ brought awful judgment, not only upon Judas, but also his descendants. A little sin casts a long shadow, what then of an awful sin? 

Though our Lord confesses to the effects such enmity had brought upon Him, so that He felt as a shrinking shadow, yet He gave Himself to prayer (v. 4). Adolph Saphir translates that verse, “I prayer,” or, “I am prayer.” The italics are left out. Christ’s life portrays that fact; He was prayer, and He knew that God stood at His right Hand.


Psalm 109

 1  O thou the God of all my praise,
       do thou not hold thy peace;
 2  For mouths of wicked men to speak
       against me do not cease:

    The mouths of vile deceitful men
       against me opened be;
    And with a false and lying tongue
       they have accused me.

 3  They did beset me round about
       with words of hateful spite:
    And though to them no cause I gave,
        against me they did fight.

 4  They for my love became my foes,
       but I me set to pray.
 5  Evil for good, hatred for love,
       to me they did repay.

 6  Set thou the wicked over him;
       and upon his right hand
    Give thou his greatest enemy,
       ev'n Satan, leave to stand.

 7  And when by thee he shall be judged,
       let him condemned be;
    And let his pray'r be turn'd to sin,
       when he shall call on thee.

 8  Few be his days, and in his room
       his charge another take.
 9  His children let be fatherless,
       his wife a widow make.

10  His children let be vagabonds,
       and beg continually;
    And from their places desolate
       seek bread for their supply.

11  Let covetous extortioners
       catch all he hath away:
    Of all for which he laboured hath
       let strangers make a prey.

12  Let there be none to pity him,
       let there be none at all
    That on his children fatherless
       will let his mercy fall.

13  Let his posterity from earth
       cut off for ever be,
    And in the foll'wing age their name
       be blotted out by thee.

14  Let God his father's wickedness
       still to remembrance call;
    And never let his mother's sin
       be blotted out at all.

15  But let them all before the Lord
       appear continually,
    That he may wholly from the earth
       cut off their memory.

16  Because he mercy minded not,
       but persecuted still
    The poor and needy, that he might
       the broken-hearted kill.

17  As he in cursing pleasure took,
       so let it to him fall;
    As he delighted not to bless,
       so bless him not at all.

18  As cursing he like clothes put on,
       into his bowels so,
    Like water, and into his bones,
       like oil, down let it go.

19  Like to the garment let it be
       which doth himself array,
    And for a girdle, wherewith he
       is girt about alway.

20  From God let this be their reward
       that en'mies are to me,
    And their reward that speak against
       my soul maliciously.

21  But do thou, for thine own name's sake,
       O God the Lord, for me:
    Sith good and sweet thy mercy is,
       from trouble set me free.

22  For I am poor and indigent,
       afflicted sore am I,
    My heart within me also is
       wounded exceedingly.

23  I pass like a declining shade,
       am like the locust tossed:
24  My knees through fasting weakened are,
       my flesh hath fatness lost.

25  I also am a vile reproach
       unto them made to be;
    And they that did upon me look
       did shake their heads at me.

26  O do thou help and succour me,
       who art my God and Lord:
    And, for thy tender mercy's sake,
       safety to me afford:

27  That thereby they may know that this
       is thy almighty hand;
    And that thou, Lord, hast done the same,
       they may well understand.

28  Although they curse with spite, yet, Lord,
       bless thou with loving voice:
    Let them ashamed be when they rise;
       thy servant let rejoice.

29  Let thou mine adversaries all
       with shame be clothed over;
    And let their own confusion
       them, as a mantle, cover.

30  But as for me, I with my mouth
       will greatly praise the Lord;
    And I among the multitude
       his praises will record.

31  For he shall stand at his right hand
       who is in poverty,
    To save him from all those that would
       condemn his soul to die.


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