Psalm 41

O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

e Blessed is the one who considers the poor! 1
f In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
2 the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you g do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health. 2

4 As for me, I said, "O Lord, h be gracious to me;
i heal me, 3 for I have sinned against you!"
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
"When will he die, and his name perish?"
6 And when one comes to see me, j he utters empty words,
while his heart gathers iniquity;
when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
7 All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me. 4

8 They say, "A deadly thing is poured out 5 on him;
he will not rise again from where he lies."
9 Even my k close friend in whom I trusted,
who l ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11 By this I know that m you delight in me:
my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But n you have upheld me because of o my integrity,
and p set me in your presence q forever.

13 r Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 14:21
    Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 37:19
    They are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 27:12
    Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 4:1
    Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 6:2
    Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
    Psalms 147:3
    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
    2 Chronicles 30:20
    And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 12:2
    Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
    Psalms 144:8
    Whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 55:12 - 13
    For it is not an enemy who taunts me - then I c...
    Psalms 55:20
    My companion stretched out his hand against his...
    Job 19:13 - 14
    He has put my brothers far from me, and those w...
    Job 19:19
    All my intimate friends abhor me, and those who...
    Jeremiah 9:4
    Let everyone beware of his neighbor, and put no...
    Jeremiah 20:10
    For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every ...
    Micah 7:5
    Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence ...
    2 Samuel 15:12
    And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, ...
  8. Cross References
    John 13:18
    I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, 'He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.
  9. Cross References
    2 Samuel 15:25 - 26
    Then the king said to Zadok, "Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me back and let me see both it and his dwelling place.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 63:8
    My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 26:1
    Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
  12. Cross References
    Job 36:7
    He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 23:6
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
  14. Cross References
    Luke 1:68
    Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people
    Psalms 72:18 - 19
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
    Psalms 89:52
    Blessed be the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.
    Psalms 106:48
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the Lord!
    Psalms 150:6
    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
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