Psalm 41

1 Happy are those who are concerned for the poor; the Lord will help them when they are in trouble.
2 The Lord will protect them and preserve their lives; he will make them happy in the land; he will not abandon them to the power of their enemies.
3 The Lord will help them when they are sick and will restore them to health.
4 I said, "I have sinned against you, Lord; be merciful to me and heal me."
5 My enemies say cruel things about me. They want me to die and be forgotten.
6 Those who come to see me are not sincere; they gather bad news about me and then go out and tell it everywhere.
7 All who hate me whisper to each other about me, they imagine the worst about me.
8 They say, "He is fatally ill; he will never leave his bed again."
9 Even my best friend, the one I trusted most, 1 the one who shared my food, has turned against me.
10 Be merciful to me, Lord, and restore my health, and I will pay my enemies back.
11 They will not triumph over me, and I will know that you are pleased with me.
12 You will help me, because I do what is right; you will keep me in your presence forever.
13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel! 2 Praise him now and forever! Amen! Amen!
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