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Psalm 41

Assurance of God’s Help and a Plea for Healing

To the leader. A Psalm of David.


Happy are those who consider the poor;

the L ord delivers them in the day of trouble.


The L ord protects them and keeps them alive;

they are called happy in the land.

You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.


The L ord sustains them on their sickbed;

in their illness you heal all their infirmities.



As for me, I said, “O L ord, be gracious to me;

heal me, for I have sinned against you.”


My enemies wonder in malice

when I will die, and my name perish.


And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,

while their hearts gather mischief;

when they go out, they tell it abroad.


All who hate me whisper together about me;

they imagine the worst for me.



They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,

that I will not rise again from where I lie.


Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,

who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.


But you, O L ord, be gracious to me,

and raise me up, that I may repay them.



By this I know that you are pleased with me;

because my enemy has not triumphed over me.


But you have upheld me because of my integrity,

and set me in your presence forever.



Blessed be the L ord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Amen and Amen.

6. And if he come to see me, he speaketh lies. What is contained in this verse relates to his false and treacherous friends. Those who were his professed enemies made no secret of their enmity against him, but openly persecuted him; and that he has already shown in the preceding verse. In addition to this, he now complains that many came to him with professions of attachment to him, as if they had been his friends, who, nevertheless, afterwards poured forth their malicious ill-will in secret against him. Enemies of this sort, who thus cover and conceal their malice, and insinuate themselves under the mask of a fair appearance, only for the purpose of secretly doing us mischief, are indeed much more to be feared than those who openly declare their wicked intentions. Accordingly, having complained of his open enemies, he proceeds to speak of his pretended friends, of whom he declares that they come to see him with no other design than to speak lies, and yet that they are meanwhile devising some deceitful and malicious purpose against him, nay, that they are even secretly heaping up iniquity, and, so to speak, laying it up in store in their hearts; and then he adds, that when they have gone forth from his presence, they manifest their hypocrisy and deceitfulness.

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