Psalm 41

Victory in spite of Betrayal

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 Happy is one who cares for the poor; the Lord will save him in a day of adversity.
2 The Lord will keep him and preserve him; he will be blessed in the land. You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
3 The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed; You will heal him on the bed where he lies.
4 I said, "Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against You."
5 My enemies speak maliciously about me: "When will he die and be forgotten?"
6 When one [of them] comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks.
7 All who hate me whisper together about me; they plan to harm me.
8 "Lethal poison has been poured into him, and he won't rise again from where he lies!"
9 Even my frienda in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.b
10 But You, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up; then I will repay them.
11 By this I know that You delight in me: my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.
12 You supported me because of my integrity and set me in Your presence forever.
13 May the Lord, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen. BOOK II (Psalms 42-72)
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