Psalm 41

Victory in Spite of Betrayal

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

Happy is one who cares for the poor;
the Lord will save him in a day of adversity.(A)
The Lord will keep him and preserve him;
he will be blessed in the land.(B)
You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies.(C)
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed;
You will heal him on the bed where he lies.(D)

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Psalm 41[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed(A) are those who have regard for the weak;(B)
    the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.(C)
The Lord protects(D) and preserves them—(E)
    they are counted among the blessed in the land—(F)
    he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.(G)
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed(H)
    and restores them from their bed of illness.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.

Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,(A)
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?(B)

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“Is not this the kind of fasting(A) I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice(B)
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed(C) free
    and break every yoke?(D)

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Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,(A)
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,(B)
and not to ignore[a] your own flesh and blood?(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:7 Lit not hide yourself from

Is it not to share your food with the hungry(A)
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter(B)
when you see the naked, to clothe(C) them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?(D)

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He doesn’t oppress anyone(A) but returns his collateral to the debtor.(B) He does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry(C) and covers the naked with clothing.

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He does not oppress(A) anyone,
    but returns what he took in pledge(B) for a loan.
He does not commit robbery(C)
    but gives his food to the hungry(D)
    and provides clothing for the naked.(E)

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