Psalm 41 (English Standard Version)

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O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

1 1Blessed is the one who considers the poor!a 2In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; 2 the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you 3do not give him up to the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.b 4 As for me, I said, "O LORD, 4be gracious to me; 5heal me,c for I have sinned against you!" 5 My enemies say of me in malice, "When will he die, and his name perish?" 6 And when one comes to see me, 6he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad. 7 All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.d 8 They say, "A deadly thing is poured oute on him; he will not rise again from where he lies." 9 Even my 7close friend in whom I trusted, who 8ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. 10 But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them! 11 By this I know that 9you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. 12 But 10you have upheld me because of 11my integrity, and 12set me in your presence 13forever. 13 14Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.
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