For the music leader. A psalm of David.
1Those who pay close attention to the poor are truly happy!
The Lord rescues them during troubling times.
2The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
they are widely regarded throughout the land as happy people.
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3The Lord will strengthen them when they are lying in bed, sick.
You will completely transform the place where they lie ill.
4But me? I said, "Lord, have mercy on me!
Heal me because I have sinned against you."
5My enemies speak maliciously about me:
"When will he die and his name disappear?"
6Whenever they come to visit, they say nothing of value.
Their hearts collect evil gossip;
once they leave, they tell it to everybody.
7All of those who hate me talk about me, whispering to each other,
plotting evil against me:
8"Some horrible thing has been poured into him;
the next time he lies down, he won’t get up.
9Even my good friend,
the one I trusted,
who shared my food,
has kicked me with his heel—a betrayer!
10But you, Lord, please have mercy on me and lift me up
so I can pay them back!
11Then I’ll know you are pleased with me
because my enemy won’t be shouting in triumph over me.
12You support me in my integrity;
you put me in your presence forever.
13Bless the Lord, the God of Israel,
from forever to forever!
Amen and Amen!
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