Psalms 41:3

3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.

Psalms 41:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 The LORD nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 Whenever we're sick and in bed, God becomes our nurse, nurses us back to health.
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 Jehovah will support him upon the couch of languishing: Thou makest all his bed in his sickness.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 The LORD will support him on his sickbed. You will restore this person to health when he is ill.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed; You will heal him on the bed where he lies.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 The LORD will take care of him when he is lying sick in bed. He will make him well again.

Psalms 41:3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 41:3

The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing
When on a sick bed, or a death bed, where he lies languishing, and ready to expire; when his natural strength, spirits, and heart fail him, then the Lord strengthens him with strength in his soul; and is the strength of his heart, and his portion for ever. The Targum is,

``the Word of the Lord shall help him in his life, and shall appear to him on the bed of his illness, to quicken him;''

thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness;
or "all his bed thou hast turned" or "wilt turn in his sickness" F20; meaning not the recovery of him from a bed of sickness to a state of health, which is the sense given by many; much less a turning him from a state of ease and rest into trouble and distress; but making him easy and comfortable on a bed of sickness; which, in a literal sense, is done when a sick person's bed is turned or made, or he is turned upon it from side to side; so the Lord, by the comforts of his Spirit, makes a sick and death bed easy to them that believe in Christ, and often puts that triumphant song into their mouths in their dying moments, "O death! where is that sting?" &c. ( 1 Corinthians 15:55 ) ; and this is the peaceful end and blissful state of such who wisely consider Christ and believe in him; low estate, through the sins of his the insults of his enemies, and the treachery of one of his disciples, is described in the following verses.


F20 (tkph) "versasti", Pagninus, Montanus; "vertisti", Vatablus; "ita vertes", Michaelis; so Ainsworth; (demnia oi meteyhken) , Apollinarius.

Psalms 41:3 In-Context

1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The LORD protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
4 I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 6:6
  • 2. 2 Samuel 13:5; 2 Kings 1:4
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