O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

Psalm 41

1 Blessed is he who considers the 1 poor;
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;
a You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
3 The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will 2 sustain him on his sickbed.

4 I said, "LORD, be merciful to me;
b Heal 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 3 lies;
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 4 devise my hurt.

8 "An 5 evil disease," they say, "clings to him.
And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more."
9 c Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
d Who ate my bread,
Has 6 lifted 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 e set me before Your face forever.

13 f Blessed be the LORD God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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