Psalm 41-42 Bible in Basic English

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A Prayer for Healing

41 1  Happy is the man who gives thought to the poor; the Lord will be his saviour in the time of trouble. 2  The Lord will keep him safe, and give him life; the Lord will let him be a blessing on the earth, and will not give him into the hand of his haters. 3  The Lord will be his support on his bed of pain: by you will all his grief be turned to strength. 4  I said, Lord, have mercy on me; make my soul well, because my faith is in you.

5  My haters say evil against me, When will he be dead, and his name come to an end? 6  If one comes to see me, deceit is in his heart; he keeps a store of evil, which he makes public in every place. 7  All my haters are talking secretly together against me; they are designing my downfall. 8  They say, He has an evil disease, which will not let him go: and now that he is down he will not get up again. 9  Even my dearest friend, in whom I had faith, who took bread with me, is turned against me. 10  But you, O Lord, have mercy on me, lifting me up, so that I may give them their punishment. 11  By this I see that you have pleasure in me, because my hater does not overcome me. 12  And as for me, you are my support in my righteousness, giving me a place before your face for ever. 13  May the Lord God of Israel be praised, through eternal days and for ever. So be it. So be it.

Thirsting for God

42 1  Like the desire of the roe for the water-streams, so is my soul's desire for you, O God. 2  My soul is dry for need of God, the living God; when may I come and see the face of God? 3  My tears have been my food day and night, while they keep saying to me, Where is your God? 4  Let my soul be overflowing with grief when these things come back to my mind, how I went in company to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with the song of those who were keeping the feast. 5  Why are you crushed down, O my soul? and why are you troubled in me? put your hope in God; for I will again give him praise who is my help and my God.

6  My soul is crushed down in me, so I will keep you in mind; from the land of Jordan and of the Hermons, from the hill Mizar. 7  Deep is sounding to deep at the noise of your waterfalls; all your waves have gone rolling over me. 8  But the Lord will send his mercy in the daytime, and in the night his song will be with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 9  I will say to God my Rock, Why have you let me go from your memory? why do I go in sorrow because of the attacks of my haters? 10  The cruel words of my haters are like a crushing of my bones; when they say to me every day, Where is your God? 11  Why are you crushed down, O my soul? and why are you troubled in me? put your hope in God; for I will again give him praise who is my help and my God.

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