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Psalms 41

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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 out[e] 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.

Psalms 41 Commentary

Chapter 41

God's care for his people. (1-4) The treachery of David's enemies. (5-13)

Verses 1-4 The people of God are not free from poverty, sickness, or outward affliction, but the Lord will consider their case, and send due supplies. From his Lord's example the believer learns to consider his poor and afflicted brethren. This branch of godliness is usually recompensed with temporal blessings. But nothing is so distressing to the contrite believer, as a fear or sense of the Divine displeasure, or of sin in his heart. Sin is the sickness of the soul; pardoning mercy heals it, renewing grace heals it, and for this spiritual healing we should be more earnest than for bodily health.

Verses 5-13 We complain, and justly, of the want of sincerity, and that there is scarcely any true friendship to be found among men; but the former days were no better. One particularly, in whom David had reposed great confidence, took part with his enemies. And let us not think it strange, if we receive evil from those we suppose to be friends. Have not we ourselves thus broken our words toward God? We eat of his bread daily, yet lift up the heel against him. But though we may not take pleasure in the fall of our enemies, we may take pleasure in the making vain their designs. When we can discern the Lord's favour in any mercy, personal or public, that doubles it. If the grace of God did not take constant care of us, we should not be upheld. But let us, while on earth, give heartfelt assent to those praises which the redeemed on earth and in heaven render to their God and Saviour.

Cross References 14

  • 1. Proverbs 14:21
  • 2. Psalms 37:19
  • 3. Psalms 27:12
  • 4. Psalms 4:1
  • 5. Psalms 6:2; Psalms 147:3; 2 Chronicles 30:20
  • 6. Psalms 12:2; Psalms 144:8
  • 7. Ps. 55:12, 13, 20; Job 19:13, 14, 19; Jeremiah 9:4; Jeremiah 20:10; Micah 7:5; [2 Samuel 15:12]
  • 8. Cited John 13:18
  • 9. [2 Samuel 15:25, 26]
  • 10. Psalms 63:8
  • 11. Psalms 26:1
  • 12. Job 36:7
  • 13. Psalms 23:6
  • 14. Luke 1:68; [Psalms 72:18, 19; Psalms 89:52; Psalms 106:48; Psalms 150:6]

Footnotes 5

Chapter Summary

Psalms 41 Commentaries

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