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Psalm 41 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Even My Close Friend

Psalm 41

For the music director: a psalm of David.
Blessed is the one who considers the wretched—
Adonai will deliver him in the evil day.
Adonai will protect him and keep him alive.
He will be made blessed in the land.
You will not give him over to the desire of his foes.
Adonai will strengthen him on his sickbed.
May You restore him completely from his bed.
I said: “Adonai, have mercy on me.
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
My enemies speak evil about me:
“When will he die and his name perish?”
And if someone of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely.
He stores up evil in his heart,
then he goes out and chatters.
All who hate me whisper together about me
They imagine the worst about me:
“Something evil was poured into him—
he will not get up again from the place where he lies.”
10 Even my own close friend,
whom I trusted, who ate my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.[a]
11 But You, Adonai, have mercy on me,
and raise me up, so I may repay them.
12 By this I know that You delight in me:
that my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.
13 You uphold me in my integrity
and set me before Your face forever.
14 Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
    Amen and amen!

Tree of Life Version (TLV)

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Psalm 41 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 41[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
    the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
The Lord protects and preserves them—
    they are counted among the blessed in the land—
    he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
    and restores them from their bed of illness.

I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord;
    heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die and his name perish?
When one of them comes to see me,
    he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
    then he goes out and spreads it around.

All my enemies whisper together against me;
    they imagine the worst for me, saying,
“A vile disease has afflicted him;
    he will never get up from the place where he lies.”
Even my close friend,
    someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
    has turned[b] against me.

10 But may you have mercy on me, Lord;
    raise me up, that I may repay them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,
    for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me
    and set me in your presence forever.

13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.


  1. Psalm 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.
  2. Psalm 41:9 Hebrew has lifted up his heel
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