Psalm 41

The Psalmist in Sickness Complains of Enemies and False Friends.

1 How blessed is he who 1considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him 2in a day of trouble.
2 The LORD will 3protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called 4blessed upon the earth; And 5do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
3 The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed *; In his illness, You restore him to health *.
4 As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me; 6Heal my soul, for 7I have sinned against You."
5 My enemies 8speak evil against me, "When will he die, and his name perish?"
6 And when he comes to see me, he 9speaks falsehood; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; When he goes outside, he tells it.
7 All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they 10devise my hurt, saying,
8 "A wicked thing is poured out upon him, That when he lies down, he will 11not rise up again."
9 Even my 12close friend * in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
10 But You, O LORD, be gracious to me and 13raise me up, That I may repay them.
11 By this I know that 14You are pleased with me, Because 15my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.
12 As for me, 16You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me 17in Your presence forever.
13 18Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
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