The Blessing and Suffering of the Godly
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1Blessed is he who considers the 41:1 helpless or powerlesspoor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
2The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;
You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
3The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will 41:3 restoresustain him on his sickbed.
4I said, “Lord, be merciful to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
5My enemies speak evil of me:
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
6And if he comes to see me, he speaks 41:6 empty wordslies;
His heart gathers iniquity to itself;
When he goes out, he tells it.
7All who hate me whisper together against me;
Against me they 41:7 plotdevise my hurt.
8“An41:8 Lit. A thing of Belial evil disease,” they say, “clings to him.
And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”
9Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has 41:9 Acted as a traitorlifted up his heel against me.
10But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up,
That I may repay them.
11By this I know that You are well pleased with me,
Because my enemy does not triumph over me.
12As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And set me before Your face forever.
13Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.