Bible: Ps 41

Psalm 41 1 

41:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

How blessed 2  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 blessed 7  in the land!

Do not turn him over 8  to his enemies! 9 

41:3 The Lord supports 10  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 disease 21  overwhelms him, 22 

and now that he is bed-ridden he will never recover.’ 23 

41:9 Even my close friend 24  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 this 27  I know that you are pleased with me,

for my enemy does 28  not triumph 29  over me.

41:12 As for me, you uphold 30  me because of my integrity; 31 

you allow 32  me permanent access to your presence. 33 

41:13 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise 34 

in the future and forevermore! 35 

We agree! We agree! 36 

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