Psalm 41

David wrote this song for the music leader.

A prayer

41:1David wrote this psalm when he was ill. He says he was ill because he had not obeyed God's laws. When David was ill, many people came to visit him. David thought that they were his friends, but they were not. They wanted him to die so that there would be a new king. One of David's visitors was his best friend, but he was not kind to David. It is only God who can really take care of David.

1 God blesses someone who is kind to poor people.

When he is in trouble,

the Lord keeps him safe.

2 Yes, I pray that the Lord will keep him safe

and save his life!

I pray that he will be happy

here in the land where he lives.

Please, Lord, do not put him under the power of his enemies.

3 The Lord takes care of him

when he is ill in bed.

Whenever he is ill,

you make him completely well again.

4 I said, ‘Lord be kind to me

and forgive me.

I have done wrong things against you,

but please make me well again.’

5 My enemies say cruel things about me.

They say, ‘Surely he must die soon!

Then we can all forget about him.’

6 When they come to see me,

they pretend to be my friends.

But they think of ways to make me ashamed.

When they leave,

they tell everyone bad things about me.

7 All the people that hate me

insult me to one another.

They think of bad things that should happen to me.

8 They say, ‘He has a dangerous illness.

He will never get up from his bed.’

9 Even my best friend has turned against me.

He was someone that I trusted,

and I often ate food with in my home.

41:9Jesus used these words to speak about Judas. See John 13:18.

10 But you, Lord, please be kind to me.

Raise me up to be well again,

so that I can pay them back.

41:10As David was king, it was his job to pay them back. He would punish them in return for the bad things they had done to him.

11 My enemies have not won against me,

so I know that you are pleased with me!

12 You continue to help me because I do what is right.

You will let me stay near to you for ever.

13 We should all praise the Lord,

who is Israel's great God!

That is what he deserves

now and for ever!

Amen! Amen!