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Psalms 41

For the choir director: A psalm of David.
 1  Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!
  The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble.
 2  The LORD protects them
  and keeps them alive.
He gives them prosperity in the land
  and rescues them from their enemies.
 3  The LORD nurses them when they are sick
  and restores them to health.

 4  "O LORD," I prayed, "have mercy on me.
  Heal me, for I have sinned against you."
 5  But my enemies say nothing but evil about me.
  "How soon will he die and be forgotten?" they ask.
 6  They visit me as if they were my friends,
  but all the while they gather gossip,
  and when they leave, they spread it everywhere.
 7  All who hate me whisper about me,
  imagining the worst.
 8  "He has some fatal disease," they say.
  "He will never get out of that bed!"
 9  Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely,
  the one who shared my food, has turned against me.

 10  LORD, have mercy on me.
  Make me well again, so I can pay them back!
 11  I know you are pleased with me,
  for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.
 12  You have preserved my life because I am innocent;
  you have brought me into your presence forever.

 13  Praise the LORD, the God of Israel,
  who lives from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and amen!