The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Book of Psalms
(To the choir-master. A psalm. Of David.)
Blessed is that man who takes thought for the poor and the destitute; the Lord will keep him safe in time of trouble.
The Lord will watch over him, and give him long life and happiness on earth, and baulk his enemies of their will.
The Lord will sustain him when he lies bed-ridden, turn all to health in his sickness.
Lord have mercy on me, is my prayer; bring healing to a soul that has sinned against thee.
Bitterly my enemies taunt me; How long, they ask, ere he will die, and his name be forgotten?
When one comes to visit me, he comes with smooth words, his heart full of malice, ready to go out and plot against me.
There they stand, my enemies, talking of me in whispers, devising hurt;
Here is a foul plague loosed on him; he will leave his bed no more.
Why, the very man I trusted most, my own intimate friend, who shared my bread, has lifted his heel to trip me up.✻
Lord, have mercy on me; give me back health, and let me requite them!
Proof of thy favour, my enemies are baulked of their triumph;
thou dost befriend my innocence; nevermore wilt thou banish me from thy presence.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from the beginning to the end of time, Amen, Amen.
The Holy Bible