For the leader; for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
1 Happy are those who consider the weak;
in the day of misfortune the Lord will deliver them.
2 He will keep them safe, happy, and long in the land,
and not give them up to the rage of their foes.
3 The Lord will sustain them on bed of languishing;
tending their sickness, as long as they lie.
4 For this cause I say, ‘Lord, show me your favour;
heal me, because I have sinned against you.’
5 My enemies speak of me nothing but evil,
‘When will he die, and his name pass away?’
6 When one comes to see me, their words ring hollow;
their heart keeps gathering mischief the while;
and when they go out, they give it speech.
7 In secret they whisper together against me,
all those who hate me plot evil against me.
8 ‘Some fatal disease has fastened upon him;
and now that he lies, he will rise up no more.’
9 My most trusted friend, on whom I relied,
who ate of my bread, has turned against me.
10 But do you, Lord, graciously raise me up,
that I may pay them their due reward.
11 By this will I know you delight in me:
if my foes may not shout over me in triumph.
12 For my innocence you uphold me,
and set me forever before your face.
Blessed be the Lord
, the God of Israel,\it*
from everlasting to everlasting,