Psalms 41

Psalm 411

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

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