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 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
ESV
1 Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;
NLT
1 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble.
MSG
1 Dignify those who are down on their luck; you'll feel good - that's what God does.
CSB
1 Happy is one who cares for the poor; the Lord will save him in a day of adversity.

Psalms 41:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 41:1-3 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?”
6 When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around.
7 All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying,

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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