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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.

Commentary for Psalms 41

God's care for his people. (1-4) The treachery of David's enemies. (5-13)

1-4 The people of God are not free from poverty, sickness, or outward affliction, but the Lord will consider their case, and send due supplies. From his Lord's example the believer learns to consider his poor and afflicted brethren. This branch of godliness is usually recompensed with temporal blessings. But nothing is so distressing to the contrite believer, as a fear or sense of the Divine displeasure, or of sin in his heart. Sin is the sickness of the soul; pardoning mercy heals it, renewing grace heals it, and for this spiritual healing we should be more earnest than for bodily health.

5-13 We complain, and justly, of the want of sincerity, and that there is scarcely any true friendship to be found among men; but the former days were no better. One particularly, in whom David had reposed great confidence, took part with his enemies. And let us not think it strange, if we receive evil from those we suppose to be friends. Have not we ourselves thus broken our words toward God? We eat of his bread daily, yet lift up the heel against him. But though we may not take pleasure in the fall of our enemies, we may take pleasure in the making vain their designs. When we can discern the Lord's favour in any mercy, personal or public, that doubles it. If the grace of God did not take constant care of us, we should not be upheld. But let us, while on earth, give heartfelt assent to those praises which the redeemed on earth and in heaven render to their God and Saviour.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 41

  • Ronnie j lowry
    pray.our father knows what you need. praise him for him and need met.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 41:1 blessed is he that considereth the poor THE LORD will deliver him in time of trouble --41:2-- 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 JUDE 1:1 jude the servant of JESUS CHRIST and brother of james to them that are sanctified by GOD THE FATHER and preserved in JESUS CHRIST and called
  • Bruce
    Abriel: Yes. Our God Shall Supply All Your Needs according to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus(Philippians 4:19) The Lost People Need Our Help. First,Take Care of Their Need. Maybe their Hungry, need Better Clothing. Then We can Tell them How to be Saved. Always have 1 or more with You when You Help Others. Never by Your Self. We don't have to Really Beg, Just let Him Know Your Need.
  • Abriel pallesgon
    HEY SIR GOD CAN PROVIDES ALL WE NEED GOD IS RICH GOD CAN HEAR US IF WE BEG FOR WE NEED HE GAVE OUR NEEDS BUT IF YOU FAITFUL TO GOD
  • Bruce
    I avoid Giving Money to Anyone as much as Possible.I will Buy them Clothing,food, Gas,Electric,Never Money.They Use the Money for Cigarettes,Drugs,Alcohol or Other ungodly Things/The True Riches are in His Word.This is what They Need Most.Tell Them The Way of Salvation By The Blood of The Lamb.That's More Valuable than All the Money in The World.
  • Mark verrell
    AS I READ THIS PSALM I AM WONDERING ASKING GOD TO SHOW ME WHO CAN I HELP? (AM NOT BRAGGING SOMETIMES I WILL GIVE A PERSON RANDOMLY SOME MONEY,MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE LIMITED, I WOULD DO MORE, AS GOD PROVIDES,I DONT SEEK PEOPLE OUT,I AM POOR ENOUGH MYSELF,PERHAPS GOD WILL CHANGE ALL THAT,
  • RP
    Beautiful and uplifting in times of trials
  • BSP
    If one puts faith and trust in Jehovah God then verse 3 states that God will sustain that person during their sickness.

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In Psalm 41, David was betrayed by one who shared what with him?
  • His Home
  • His Bread
  • His Parents
  • His Schooling
  • His Bed