Psalms 41:1-3

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 [a]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.

Psalms 41:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

To the chief Musician, a Psalm of David. In this psalm is a prophecy concerning Christ, and concerning Judas Iscariot, as runs part of the title in the Syriac version; and in the Arabic version it is called a prophecy concerning the incarnation, and the salutation of Judas; and certain it is that Psalm 41:9 is to be understood of him, and of his betraying Christ into the hands of his enemies, since it is cited and applied to him by our Lord himself, John 13:18; so that having such a sure rule of interpretation, we may safely venture to explain the whole psalm of Christ, which treats both of his humiliation and exaltation; for it neither agrees with David wholly, nor with Hezekiah, to whom some ascribe it, as Theodoret remarks.

Cross References 9

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 14:29
  • 2. S Job 24:4; Psalms 82:3-4; Proverbs 14:21
  • 3. Psalms 25:17
  • 4. Psalms 12:5; Psalms 32:7
  • 5. Ezra 9:9; Psalms 71:20; Psalms 119:88,159; Psalms 138:7; Psalms 143:11
  • 6. Psalms 37:22
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 6:24; Psalms 27:12
  • 8. Psalms 6:6
  • 9. 2 Samuel 13:5; 2 Kings 1:4

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.
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