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A Prayer in Sickness[a]

41 Happy are those who are concerned for the poor;
    the Lord will help them when they are in trouble.
The Lord will protect them and preserve their lives;
    he will make them happy in the land;
    he will not abandon them to the power of their enemies.
The Lord will help them when they are sick
    and will restore them to health.

I said, “I have sinned against you, Lord;
    be merciful to me and heal me.”
My enemies say cruel things about me.
    They want me to die and be forgotten.
Those who come to see me are not sincere;
    they gather bad news about me
    and then go out and tell it everywhere.
All who hate me whisper to each other about me,
    they imagine the worst about[b] me.
They say, “He is fatally ill;
    he will never leave his bed again.”
(A)Even my best friend, the one I trusted most,
    the one who shared my food,
    has turned against me.

10 Be merciful to me, Lord, and restore my health,
    and I will pay my enemies back.
11 They will not triumph over me,
    and I will know that you are pleased with me.
12 You will help me, because I do what is right;
    you will keep me in your presence forever.

13 (B)Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
Praise him now and forever!

Amen! Amen!


  1. Psalm 41:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David.
  2. Psalm 41:7 imagine the worst about; or make evil plans to harm.