Psalms 109:4
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4  They answer my love with accusation but I am all prayer

TA-khat a-ha-va-TEE yis-t’-NU-nee va-a-NEE t’-fi-LAH

ד  תַּחַת־אַהֲבָתִי יִשְׂטְנוּנִי וַאֲנִי תְפִלָּה׃

 109:4   I am all prayer

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch (1808-1888)

According to Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, this psalm is about evil people trying to eradicate David’s very essence. Despite the love he has shown them and the good he has done for them, they pour curses and ridicule created from lies and hatred upon him. This psalm most likely refers to the events recorded in Shmuel II 16, when David flees his kingdom to escape his son Avshalom who wants to kill him. On his way out of the city, Shim’i the son of Gera from the house of Shaul spews vile curses at him, which the king accepts with resignation. This psalm, however, begins with David turning to Hashem with a plea not to stay silent. Only God’s justice can eliminate the lies directed against David. Instead of hatred and vitriol, David says “I am all prayer.” Only through God’s inter­vention will his name be cleared.

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  • Carl Coglianese

    there is evil about me old Lord thy God and they wish to eliminate me through thoughts and deed, David is praying to the Lord. Even though he has done good for them, shown to them they still treat him evil and even curse him with evil wishes and evil thoughts. David even has to flee his own community especially from his own son, Absalom, who want to kill him. As David is trying to leave the city he runs into Shimei the son of Gera from the house of Saul and he calls out even more curses and lies against David, who by know i can imagine is feeling rather miserable and very much not wanted to say the very least?

    David turns to God and pleas with him, please ole Lord do not remain silent unto thee. Please hear my prayers. only you can hear me and correct these lies and curses that are flung at me. David cries most likely out load at this point. I am all Prayers ole Lord thy God. David realizes that only by the Grace of God will Davids name be cleared of all these lies and his name finally be cleared. Carl

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