For the music director; a psalm of David.
41:1 How blessed2 is the one who treats the poor properly!3
When trouble comes,4 the Lord delivers him.5
41:2 May the Lord protect him and save his life!6
May he be blessed7 in the land!
Do not turn him over8 to his enemies!9
41:3 The Lord supports10 him on his sickbed;
you completely heal him from his illness.11
41:4 As for me, I said:12
“O Lord, have mercy on me!
Heal me, for I have sinned against you!
41:5 My enemies ask this cruel question about me,13
‘When will he finally die and be forgotten?’14
41:6 When someone comes to visit,15 he pretends to be friendly;16
he thinks of ways to defame me,17
and when he leaves he slanders me.18
41:7 All who hate me whisper insults about me to one another;19
they plan ways to harm me.
41:8 They say,20
‘An awful disease21 overwhelms him,22
and now that he is bed-ridden he will never recover.’23
41:9 Even my close friend24 whom I trusted,
he who shared meals with me, has turned against me.25
41:10 As for you, O Lord, have mercy on me and raise me up,
so I can pay them back!”26
41:11 By this27 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does28 not triumph29 over me.
41:12 As for me, you uphold30 me because of my integrity;31
you allow32 me permanent access to your presence.33
41:13 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise34
in the future and forevermore!35
We agree! We agree!36