To the director. A melody of David. 41 Happy is anyone acting with consideration toward the lowly one;+In the day of calamity Jehovah will provide escape for him.+ 2 Jehovah himself will guard him and preserve him alive.+He will be pronounced happy in the earth;+And you cannot possibly give him over to the soul* of his enemies.+ 3 Jehovah himself will sustain him upon a divan of illness;+All his bed you will certainly change during his sickness.+ 4 As for me, I said: “O Jehovah, show me favor.+Do heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.”+ 5 As for my enemies, they say what is bad concerning me:+“When will he die and his name actually perish?” 6 And if one does come to see [me], untruth is what his heart will speak;+He will gather up for himself something hurtful;He will go out; on the outside he will speak [of it].+ 7 Unitedly against me all those hating me whisper to one another;+Against me they keep scheming something bad for me:+ 8 “A good-for-nothing thing* is poured out upon him;+Now that he has lain down, he will not get up again.”+ 9 Also the man at peace with me, in whom I trusted,+Who was eating my bread,+ has magnified [his] heel against me.*+ 10 As for you, O Jehovah, show me favor and cause me to get up,+That I may pay them back.+ 11 By this I do know that you have found delight in me,Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.+ 12 As for me, because of my integrity you have upheld me,+And you will set me before your face to time indefinite.+ 13 Blessed be Jehovah the God of Israel+From time indefinite even to time indefinite.+Amen and Amen.*+
^ Or, “to the soulful desire.” Heb., beneʹphesh; Lat., aʹni·mam; LXX, “in the hands.” See 35:25 ftn.
^ Lit., “A thing of belial (worthlessness).”
^ “Magnified [his] heel against me,” MLXXVg.