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Psalm 41

The Blessing and Suffering of the Godly

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 Blessed is he who considers the 1poor;

The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

2 The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,

And he will be blessed on the earth;

aYou will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.

3 The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;

You will 2sustain him on his sickbed.

4 I said, “Lord, be merciful to me;

bHeal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”

5 My enemies speak evil of me:

“When will he die, and his name perish?”

6 And if he comes to see me, he speaks 3lies;

His heart gathers iniquity to itself;

When he goes out, he tells it.

7 All who hate me whisper together against me;

Against me they 4devise my hurt.

8 “An 5evil disease,” they say, “clings to him.

And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”

9 cEven my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,

dWho ate my bread,

Has 6lifted up his heel against me.

10 But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up,

That I may repay them.

11 By this I know that You are well pleased with me,

Because my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,

And eset me before Your face forever.

13 fBlessed be the Lord God of Israel

From everlasting to everlasting!

Amen and Amen.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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