New American Standard Bible

Psalm 41

The Psalmist in Sickness Complains of Enemies and False Friends.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1How blessed is he who considers the [a]helpless;
The Lord will deliver him in a day of [b]trouble.
The Lord will protect him and keep him alive,
And he shall [c]be called blessed upon the earth;
And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed;
In his illness, You [d]restore him to health.

As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
My enemies speak evil against me,
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
And [e]when he comes to see me, he speaks [f]falsehood;
His heart gathers wickedness to itself;
When he goes outside, he tells it.
All who hate me whisper together against me;
Against me they devise my hurt, saying,
“A wicked thing is poured out [g]upon him,
That when he lies down, he will not rise up again.”
Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me.

10 But You, O Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up,
That I may repay them.
11 By this I know that You are pleased with me,
Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.
12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And You set me in Your presence forever.

13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 41:1 Or poor
  2. Psalm 41:1 Or evil
  3. Psalm 41:2 Or be blessed
  4. Psalm 41:3 Lit turn all his bed
  5. Psalm 41:6 Or if he
  6. Psalm 41:6 Or emptiness
  7. Psalm 41:8 Or within

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 41

Psalm 41

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed are those who care about weak people.
    When they are in trouble, the Lord saves them.
The Lord guards them and keeps them alive.
    They are counted among those who are blessed in the land.
    The Lord won’t hand them over to the wishes of their enemies.
The Lord will take care of them when they are lying sick in bed.
    He will make them well again.

I said, “Lord, have mercy on me.
    Heal me, because I have sinned against you.”
My enemies are saying bad things about me.
    They say, “When will he die and his name be forgotten?”
When one of them comes to see me,
    he says things that aren’t true.
At the same time, he thinks up lies to tell against me.
    Then he goes out and spreads those lies around.

All my enemies whisper to each other about me.
    They want something terrible to happen to me.
They say, “He is sick and will die very soon.
    He will never get up from his bed again.”
Even my close friend, someone I trusted, has failed me.
    I even shared my bread with him.

10 But Lord, may you have mercy on me.
    Make me well, so I can pay them back.
11 Then I will know that you are pleased with me,
    because my enemies haven’t won the battle over me.
12 You will take good care of me because I’ve been honest.
    You will let me be with you forever.

13 Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    for ever and ever.
Amen and Amen.