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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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 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

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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