Psalm 41
NASB 1977►► 
The Psalmist in Sickness Complains of Enemies and False Friends.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

     1How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
            The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.

     2The LORD will protect him, and keep him alive,
            And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;
            And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.

     3The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed;
            In his illness, Thou dost restore him to health.

     4As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
            Heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee.”

     5My enemies speak evil against me,
            “When will he die, and his name perish?”

     6And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood;
            His heart gathers wickedness to itself;
            When he goes outside, he tells it.

     7All who hate me whisper together against me;
            Against me they devise my hurt, saying,

     8“A wicked thing is poured out upon him,
            That when he lies down, he will not rise up again.”

     9Even my close friend, in whom I trusted,
            Who ate my bread,
            Has lifted up his heel against me.

     10But Thou, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up,
            That I may repay them.

     11By this I know that Thou art pleased with me,
            Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.

     12As for me, Thou dost uphold me in my integrity,
            And Thou dost set me in Thy presence forever.

     13Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
            From everlasting to everlasting.
            Amen, and Amen.

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