Psalm 41. Beatus qui intelligit.
- BLESSED is he that considereth the poor and needy; *
the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble.
- The Lord preserve him, and keep him alive, that he may be blessed upon earth; *
and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.
- The Lord comfort him when he lieth sick upon his bed; *
make thou all his bed in his sickness.
- I said, Lord, be merciful unto me; *
heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
- Mine enemies speak evil of me, *
When shall he die, and his name perish?
- And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity, *
and his heart conceiveth falsehood within himself; and when he cometh forth, he telleth it.
- All mine enemies whisper together against me; *
even against me do they imagine this evil.
- An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him; *
and now that he lieth, he shall rise up no more.
- Yea, even mine own familiar friend whom I trusted, *
who did also eat of my bread, hath laid great wait for me.
- But be thou merciful unto me, O Lord; *
raise thou me up again, and I shall reward them.
- By this I know thou favourest me, *
that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
- And in my innocency thou upholdest me, *
and shalt set me before thy face for ever.
- Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *
world without end. Amen.
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