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Psalm 41

(from Day 8 Evening Prayer)

Beatus qui intelligit

  1. BLESSED is he that considereth the poor and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble.
  2. The Lord preserve him, and keep him alive, that he may be blessed upon earth: and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.
  3. The Lord comfort him, when he lieth sick upon his bed: make thou 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: and his heart conceiveth falsehood within himself, and when he cometh forth he telleth it.
  7. All mine enemies whisper together against me: even against me do they imagine this evil.
  8. Let the sentence of guiltiness proceed against him: and now that he lieth, let him rise up no more.
  9. Yea, even mine own familiar friend, whom I trusted: who did also eat of my bread, hath laid great wait for me.
  10. But be thou merciful unto me, O Lord: raise thou me up again, and I shall reward them.
  11. By this I know thou favourest me: that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
  12. And when I am in my health, thou upholdest me: and shalt set me before thy face for ever.
  13. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: world without end. Amen.