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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

  • 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.
  • Russell Jordan Nee-Owoo
    I love this verse an it's all we need is to be delivered from our enemies an those who slow us down from us reaching our goals..it's help me alot.
  • Winnie njue
    Helping the poor is what we as christians should practice and domt ever want to show off doing it God always follows His word.He may not answer immediately to pay you but He will surprise you even when you have completely forgoten.lets keep on helping.
  • Lynette Pamela Hogden
    This is what I have been looking for thankyou from Lynette P Hogden
  • Rosalia Moore
    This first verse is very true. By helping the poor, you will also be compensated.
  • Bryan T McCloud
    The first verse always reminds me of what God says; that we will have poor among us always. I know that God will bless those who show compassion for the poor.
  • Bill May
    The first verse encourages others to help the poor with a favorable promise May this touch the hearts of many, not for the promise, but because of compassion for others. It touched mine.

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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