41 Happy is the person who thinks about the poor. When trouble comes, the Lord will save him. 2 The Lord will protect him and spare his life. The Lord will bless him in the land. The Lord will not let his enemies take him. 3 The Lord will give him strength when he is sick. The Lord will make him well again.
4 I said, “Lord, be kind to me. Heal me because I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies are saying bad things about me. They say, “When will he die and be forgotten?” 6 Some people come to see me. But they lie. They just come to get bad news. Then they go and gossip. 7 All my enemies whisper about me. They think the worst about me. 8 They say, “He has a terrible disease. He will never get out of bed again.” 9 My best and truest friend ate at my table. Now even he has turned against me.
10 Lord, have mercy on me. Give me strength so I can pay them back. 11 My enemies do not defeat me. That’s how I know you are pleased with me. 12 Because I am innocent, you support me. You will let me be with you forever.
13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel. He has always been, and he will always be.
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