Bible: Psalm 41:4-9

41:4 As for me, I said: 1 

“O Lord, have mercy on me!

Heal me, for I have sinned against you!

41:5 My enemies ask this cruel question about me, 2 

‘When will he finally die and be forgotten?’ 3 

41:6 When someone comes to visit, 4  he pretends to be friendly; 5 

he thinks of ways to defame me, 6 

and when he leaves he slanders me. 7 

41:7 All who hate me whisper insults about me to one another; 8 

they plan ways to harm me.

41:8 They say, 9 

‘An awful disease 10  overwhelms him, 11 

and now that he is bed-ridden he will never recover.’ 12 

41:9 Even my close friend 13  whom I trusted,

he who shared meals with me, has turned against me. 14 

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