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Psalm 41 (Common English Bible)

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Psalm 41

For the music leader. A psalm of David.

1 Those who pay close attention to the poor are truly happy! The LORD rescues them during troubling times. 2 The LORD protects them and keeps them alive; they are widely regarded throughout the land as happy people. Youa won't hand them over to the will of their enemies. 3 The LORD will strengthen them when they are lying in bed, sick. You will completely transform the place where they lie ill. 4 But me? I said, "LORD, have mercy on me! Heal me because I have sinned against you." 5 My enemies speak maliciously about me: "When will he die and his name disappear?" 6 Whenever they come to visit, they say nothing of value. Their hearts collect evil gossip; once they leave, they tell it to everybody. 7 All of those who hate me talk about me, whispering to each other, plotting evil against me: 8 "Some horrible thing has been poured into him; the next time he lies down, he won't get up. 9 Even my good friend, the one I trusted, who shared my food, has kicked me with his heel—a betrayer! 10 But you, LORD, please have mercy on me and lift me up so I can pay them back! 11 Then I'll know you are pleased with me because my enemy won't be shouting in triumph over me. 12 You support me in my integrity; you put me in your presence forever. 13 Bless the LORD, the God of Israel, from forever to forever! Amen and Amen!
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