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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book I
 
XLI
 
The Psalmist in Sickness Complains of Enemies and False Friends
 
 
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
 
 
[1]  BLESSED is he that considereth the 1 poor:
Jehovah will deliver him in the day of evil.
[2]  Jehovah will preserve him, and keep him alive,
And he shall be blessed upon 2 the earth;
And deliver not thou him unto the will of his enemies.
Jehovah will support him upon the couch of languishing:
Thou makest 3 all his bed in his sickness.
[3]  I said, O Jehovah, have mercy upon me:
Heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
[4]  Mine enemies speak evil against me, saying,
When will he die, and his name perish?
[5]  And if he come to see me, he speaketh falsehood;
His heart gathereth iniquity to itself:
When he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
[6]  All that hate me whisper together against me;
Against me do they devise my hurt.
[7]  An 4 evil disease, say they, cleaveth 5 fast unto him;
And now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
[8]  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted,
Who did eat of my bread,
Hath lifted up his heel against me.
[9]  But thou, O Jehovah, have mercy upon me, and raise me up,
That I may requite them.
[10]  By this I know that thou delightest in me,
Because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
[11]  And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity,
And settest me before thy face for ever.
[12]  Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel,
From everlasting and to ever lasting.
Amen, and Amen.
 
Note 1. Or, the weak. [back]
Note 2. Or, in the land. [back]
Note 3. Heb. turnest, or, changest. [back]
Note 4. Or, Some wicked thing. [back]
Note 5. Or, is poured out upon him. [back]
 

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