Psalm 41. Beatus qui intelligit.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Eighth Day - Evening Prayer.
- Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! *
the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.
- The Lord preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land; *
he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
- The Lord sustains them on their sickbed *
and ministers to them in their illness.
- I said, "Lord, be merciful to me; *
heal me, for I have sinned against you."
- My enemies are saying wicked things about me: *
When will he die, and his name perish?
- Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; *
their hearts collect false rumors; they go outside and spread them.
- All my enemies whisper together about me *
and devise evil against me.
- "A deadly thing," they say, "has fastened on him; *
he has taken to his bed and will never get up again."
- Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke bread with me, *
has lifted up his heel and turned against me.
- But you, O Lord, be merciful to me and raise me up, *
and I shall repay them.
- By this I know you are pleased with me, *
that my enemy does not triumph over me.
- In my integrity you hold me fast, *
and shall set me before your face for ever.
- Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *
from age to age. Amen. Amen.
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