1Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.
2The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
3The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities.
4As for me, I said, O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.
5My enemies wonder in malice when I will die, and my name perish.
6And when they come to see me, they utter empty words, while their hearts gather mischief; when they go out, they tell it abroad.
7All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.
8They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I will not rise again from where I lie.
9Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.
10But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.
11By this I know that you are pleased with me; because my enemy has not triumphed over me.
12But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
13Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011