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Even when we are weak and sick, the Lord still has mercy on us.

BibleGateway: Psalm 41

ESV Text: Psalm 41

Psalm 41 (Listen)

O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

41:1   Blessed is the one who considers the poor!1
    In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;
  the LORD protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
  The LORD sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.2

  As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
    heal me,3 for I have sinned against you!”
  My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
  And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
  All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.4

  They say, “A deadly thing is poured out5 on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
  Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
    who ate my bread, has lifted 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 delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12   But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
    and set me in your presence forever.

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


[1] 41:1 Or weak

[2] 41:3 Hebrew you turn all his bed

[3] 41:4 Hebrew my soul

[4] 41:7 Or they devise evil against me

[5] 41:8 Or has fastened


KJV Text:

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 41:

     1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. 4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

     5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? 6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. 7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. 8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. 9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. 10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. 11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. 12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. 13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 654 :
Now the Day is Over — Organ Audio

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1. Now the day is over, 
Night is drawing nigh; 
Shadows of the evening 
Steal across the sky. 

2. Now the darkness gathers, 
Stars begin to peep, 
Birds and beasts and flowers 
Soon will be asleep. 

3. Jesus, give the weary 
Calm and sweet repose; 
With Thy tend’rest blessing 
May mine eyelids close. 

4. Grant to little children 
Visions bright of Thee; 
Guard the sailors tossing 
On the deep-blue sea. 

5. Comfort every sufferer 
Watching late in pain; 
Those who plan some evil 
From their sin restrain. 

6. Through the long night-watches 
May Thine angels spread 
Their white wings above me, 
Watching round my bed. 

7. When the morning wakens, 
Then may I arise 
Pure and fresh and sinless 
In Thy holy eyes. 

8. Glory to the Father, 
Glory to the Son, 
And to Thee, blest Spirit, 
While all ages run.