6 They say, “Get an evil person to turn against him.
Send an accuser to bring him to trial.
7 When his case comes up for judgment,
let him be pronounced guilty.
Count his prayers as sins.
8 Let his years be few;
let someone else take his position.
9 May his children become fatherless,
and his wife a widow.
10 May his children wander as beggars
and be driven from[b] their ruined homes.
11 May creditors seize his entire estate,
and strangers take all he has earned.
12 Let no one be kind to him;
let no one pity his fatherless children.
13 May all his offspring die.
May his family name be blotted out in the next generation.
14 May the Lord never forget the sins of his fathers;
may his mother’s sins never be erased from the record.
15 May the Lord always remember these sins,
and may his name disappear from human memory.
16 For he refused all kindness to others;
he persecuted the poor and needy,
and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.
17 He loved to curse others;
now you curse him.
He never blessed others;
now don’t you bless him.
18 Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing,
or the water he drinks,
or the rich food he eats.
19 Now may his curses return and cling to him like clothing;
may they be tied around him like a belt.” NLT
As you start this study, read back through verses 1-5 for background. How does David feel about the people who are hurting him?
David seems to be fed up with those who are causing him harm. Read verses 6-19. Which curses stand out to you as the harshest?
Which curses stand out to you as the fairest?
Which curses seem to have the most creativity?
Which curses would you add to or subtract from this list?
Considering what you learned in verses 1-5, describe the inner tension David was feeling.
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
Is it okay to pray this way about people who are hurting you? Explain your answer from a biblical perspective?