Psalm 41-42 New International Version

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A Prayer for Healing

41 1  [1]Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2  The Lord protects and preserves them- they are counted among the blessed in the land- he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. 3  The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. 4  I said, "Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you."

5  My enemies say of me in malice, "When will he die and his name perish?" 6  When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. 7  All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, 8  "A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies." 9  Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned[2] against me. 10  But may you have mercy on me, Lord; raise me up, that I may repay them. 11  I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. 12  Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 13  Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Thirsting for God

42 1  [3][4][5]As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 4  These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One[6]with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. 5  Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

6  My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon-from Mount Mizar. 7  Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 8  By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life. 9  I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?" 10  My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 11  Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

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[1] 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.

[2] 41:9 Hebrew "has lifted up his heel"

[3] 42:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.

[4] 42:1 In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.

[5] 42:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[6] 42:4 See Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

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