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Psalm 41

1Blessèd is the one who consid- | ers the poor!*

         In the day of trouble the Lord de- | livers him;

2the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;

         he is called blessèd | in the land;*

         you do not give him up to the will of his | enemies.

3The Lord sustains him on his | sickbed;*

         in his illness you restore him to | full health.

4As for me, I said, "O Lord, be gra- | cious to me;*

         heal me, for I have sinned a- | gainst you!"

5My enemies say of me in | malice,*

         "When will he die and his name | perish?"

6And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,

         while his heart gathers in- | iquity;*

         when he goes out, he tells | it abroad.

7All who hate me whisper together a- | bout me;*

         they imagine the | worst for me.

8They say, "A deadly thing is poured | out on him;*

         he will not rise again from | where he lies."

9Even my close friend in whom I | trusted,*

         who ate my bread, has lifted his heel a- | gainst me.

10But you, O Lord, be gra- | cious to me,*

         and raise me up, that I may re- | pay them!

11By this I know that you de- | light in me:*

         my enemy will not shout in triumph | over me.

12But you have upheld me because of my in- | tegrity,*

         and set me in your presence for- | ever.

13Blessèd be the Lord, the God of | Israel,*

         from everlasting to everlasting!

                           Amen and | Amen.