O Lord, Be Gracious to Me
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
Prov. 14:21 Blessed is the one who considers the poor!#41:1 Or weak
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
2the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you #Ps. 27:12do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
3The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.#41:3 Hebrew you turn all his bed
4As for me, I said, “O Lord, #Ps. 4:1 be gracious to me;
Ps. 6:2; 147:3; 2 Chr. 30:20 heal me,#41:4 Hebrew my soul for I have sinned against you!”
5My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
6And when one comes to see me, #Ps. 12:2; 144:8he utters empty words,
while his heart gathers iniquity;
when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
7All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me.#41:7 Or they devise evil against me
8They say, “A deadly thing is poured out#41:8 Or has fastened on him;
he will not rise again from where he lies.”
9Even my #Ps. 55:12, 13, 20; Job 19:13, 14, 19; Jer. 9:4; 20:10; Mic. 7:5; [2 Sam. 15:12] close friend in whom I trusted,
who #Cited John 13:18ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them!
11By this I know that #[2 Sam. 15:25, 26]you delight in me:
my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12But #Ps. 63:8 you have upheld me because of #Ps. 26:1 my integrity,
and #Job 36:7 set me in your presence #Ps. 23:6forever.
Luke 1:68; [Ps. 72:18, 19; 89:52; 106:48; 150:6] Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.