The Psalmist in Sickness Complains of Enemies and False Friends.
1Blessed [by God’s grace and compassion] is he who considers the helpless;
The Lord will save him in the day of trouble.
2The Lord will protect him and keep him alive;
And he will be called blessed in the land;
You do not hand him over to the desire of his enemies.
3The Lord will sustain and strengthen him on his sickbed;
In his illness, You will restore him to health.
4As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
5My enemies speak evil of me, saying,
“When will he die and his name perish?”
6And when one comes to see me, he speaks empty words,
While his heart gathers malicious gossip [against me];
When he goes away, he tells it [everywhere].
7All who hate me whisper together about me;
Against me they devise my hurt [imagining the worst for me], saying,
8“A wicked thing is poured out upon him and holds him;
And when he lies down, he will not rise up again.”
9Even my own close friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me [betraying me].
10But You, O Lord, be gracious to me and restore me [to health],
So that I may repay them.
11By this I know that You favor and delight in me,
Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.
12As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And You set me in Your presence forever.
13Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting to everlasting [from this age to the next, and forever].
Amen and Amen (so be it).