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The first book of Psalms, song 41, New English Translation

Psalm 41

   For the music director; a psalm of David.
   1 How blessed is the one who treats the poor properly! When trouble comes, the LORD delivers him.
   2 May the LORD protect him and save his life! May he be blessed in the land! Do not turn him over to his enemies!
   3 The LORD supports him on his sickbed; you completely heal him from his illness.
   4 As for me, I said: "O LORD, have mercy on me! Heal me, for I have sinned against you!
   5 My enemies ask this cruel question about me, 'When will he finally die and be forgotten?'
   6 When someone comes to visit, he pretends to be friendly; he thinks of ways to defame me, and when he leaves he slanders me.
   7 All who hate me whisper insults about me to one another; they plan ways to harm me.
   8 They say, 'An awful disease overwhelms him, and now that he is bed-ridden he will never recover.'
   9 Even my close friend whom I trusted, he who shared meals with me, has turned against me.
   10 As for you, O LORD, have mercy on me and raise me up, so I can pay them back!"
   11 By this I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me.
   12 As for me, you uphold me because of my integrity; you allow me permanent access to your presence.
   13 The LORD God of Israel deserves praise in the future and forevermore! We agree! We agree!

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