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To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

41:3 sickness. This is the only time this word is used in the Book of Psalms. It is the same word translated “grief” in Isaiah 53:3.

41:9 familiar friend. This prophecy was fulfilled by Judas at the Last Supper (John 13:18), thus confirming that the main context of the psalm is the betrayal of Christ.

41:13 Amen, and Amen. Book I of the Psalms closes with this doxology. Note also Psalm 72:18-20; 89:52; 106:48; 145:21; 150:6. A similar doxology ends each of the five books in the Psalms.

Psalm 42 (title) sons of Korah. This is the first of eleven psalms referring to “the sons of Korah” (Psalm 42, 44–49, 84, 85, 87, 88). The sons of Korah were a Levitical singing group during the reigns of David and Solomon (I Chronicles 6:16,22-48).

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