Psalm 41

1A person who helps poor people succeed will get many blessings. When trouble comes, the Lord will save that person. 2The Lord will protect that person and save his life. That person will be blessed on earth. God will not let that person’s enemies destroy him. 3When that person is sick and in bed, the Lord will give him strength. That person may be sick in bed, but the Lord will make him well! 4I said, “Lord, be kind to me. I sinned against you, but forgive me and make me well.” 5My enemies say bad things about me. They are saying, ”When will he die and be forgotten?” 6People come to visit me, but they don’t say what they are really thinking. They come just to get some news about me, Then they go and spread their rumors. 7My enemies whisper bad things about me. They are plotting against me. 8They say, ”He did something wrong. That is why he is sick. I hope he never gets well.” 9My best friend ate with me. I trusted him. But now, even he has turned against me. 10So, Lord, please be kind to me. Let me get up, and I will pay them back. 11Lord, don’t let my enemy hurt me. Then I will know that you didn’t send them to hurt me. 12I was innocent and you supported me. You let me stand and serve you forever. 13Bless the Lord, God of Israel! He always was, and he always will be. Amen and Amen!

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