The Psalms

Psalm 41

The recompense of the charitable, 1-3. David complains of his enemies' treachery, 4-9. He flees to God for succor, 10-13.

1 [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.] Blessed is he who considers the poor. The LORD will deliver him in the time of trouble.

2 The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he shall be blessed upon the earth. And you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.

3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing. You will restore his health in his sickness.

4 I said, "LORD, be merciful to me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you."

5 My enemies speak evil of me, "When shall he die and his name perish?"

6 And if he comes to see me, he speaks vanity. His heart gathers iniquity to itself. When he goes abroad, he tells it.

7 All who hate me whisper together against me. They devise my hurt against me.

8 "An evil disease," they say, "cleaves fast to him. And now that he lies he shall rise no more."

9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

10 But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up so that I may requite them.

11 By this I know that you favor me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 And as for me, you uphold me in my integrity and set me before your face forever.

13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 41


[v.1] - "the poor" - This may also be read as, "those who are in trouble," or, "the afflicted."

[v.9] - Quoted in John 13:18.