Psalm 41

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Blessed is he that wisely doth
       the poor man's case consider;
     For when the time of trouble is,
       the Lord will him deliver.
2    God will him keep, yea, save alive;
       on earth he bless'd shall live;
     And to his enemies' desire
       thou wilt him not up give.

3    God will give strength when he on bed
       of languishing doth mourn;
     And in his sickness sore, O Lord,
       thou all his bed wilt turn.
4    I said, O Lord, do thou extend
       thy mercy unto me;
     O do thou heal my soul; for why?
       I have offended thee.

5    Those that to me are enemies,
       of me do evil say,
     When shall he die, that so his name
       may perish quite away?
6    To see me if he comes, he speaks
       vain words: but then his heart
     Heaps mischief to it, which he tells,
       when forth he doth depart.

7    My haters jointly whispering,
       'gainst me my hurt devise.
8    Mischief, say they, cleaves fast to him;
       he li'th, and shall not rise.
9    Yea, ev'n mine own familiar friend,
       on whom I did rely,
     Who ate my bread, ev'n he his heel
       against me lifted high.

10   But, Lord, be merciful to me,
       and up again me raise,
     That I may justly them requite
       according to their ways.
11   By this I know that certainly
       I favour'd am by thee;
     Because my hateful enemy
       triumphs not over me.

12   But as for me, thou me uphold'st
       in mine integrity;
     And me before thy countenance
       thou sett'st continually.
13   The Lord, the God of Israel,
       be bless'd for ever then,
     From age to age eternally.
       Amen, yea, and amen.

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