41 ·Happy [Blessed] are those who ·think about [or care for] the poor [James 1:27]. ·When trouble comes [L In the day of trouble/evil], the Lord will ·save [rescue; T deliver] them. 2 The Lord will ·protect [guard; keep] them and ·spare their life [keep them alive] and will ·bless them [make them happy] in the land. He will not ·let their enemies take them [L give their lives to their enemy; or give them over to the desire of their enemy]. 3 The Lord will give them strength when they are ·sick [L on their sickbed], and he will ·make them well again [L restore them from their bed of illness].
4 I said, “Lord, have ·mercy [compassion] on me. Heal me, because I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies are saying evil things about me. They say, “When will he die and ·be forgotten [L his name/reputation perish]?” 6 Some people come to see me, but ·they lie [L speak deceptive/vain things]. ·They just come to get bad news [L Their hearts collect iniquities]. Then they go ·and gossip [L out and speak]. 7 All ·my enemies [L those who hate me] whisper about me and ·think [imagine] ·the worst [trouble; evil] about me. 8 They say, “·He has a terrible disease [or An evil spell has been cast on him]. He ·will never get out of bed again [L lies down and will not get up].” 9 ·My best and truest friend [L A man of peace in whom I trust/find support], who ate at my table, has ·even turned against me [L lifted his heel against me; C an act of treachery; 55:12–14; Matt. 26:23; Mark 14:18; Luke 22:21; John 13:18].
10 Lord, have ·mercy [compassion] on me. ·Give me strength [L Raise me up] so I can pay them back. 11 Because my enemies do not ·defeat [triumph over; or make fun of] me, I know you are ·pleased [delighted] with me. 12 Because I am ·innocent [blameless], you support me and will ·let me be with you [L set me in your presence] forever.
13 ·Praise [Blessed be] the Lord, the God of Israel. ·He has always been [L …from everlasting to everlasting], and he will always be.
Amen and amen [C verse 13 is a doxology that closes Book 1].
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