A psalm written by David for the choir director
1 Yahweh is pleased with those people who help to provide for the poor;
he will rescue those people when they have troubles.
2 Yahweh protects them and allows them to live for a long time.
He enables them to be happy in the land of Israel,
and rescues them from their enemies.
3 When they are sick, Yahweh strengthens them,
and he heals them.
4 When I was sick, I said, “Yahweh, be merciful to me and heal me;
I know that I am sick because I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say cruel things about me;
they say, “How soon will he die, and then everyone will forget about him [MTY]? (OR, he will not have any descendants to continue his name).”
6 When my enemies come to me, they falsely say that they are concerned about me.
They listen to bad news about ◄me/my health►.
Then they go away and tell everywhere what is happening to me.
7 All those who hate me whisper to others about me,
and they hope/desire that very bad things will happen to me.
8 They say, “He will soon die because of his being sick;
he will never get up from his bed before he dies.”
9 Even my best friend, whom I trusted very much,
who often ate with me,
has ◄betrayed me/put me into my enemies' hands► [IDM].
10 But Yahweh, be merciful to me, and enable me to become healthy again.
When you do that, I will be able to ◄pay back my enemies/get revenge on my enemies/cause my enemies to suffer like they caused me to suffer►.
11 If you enable me to do that, with the result that my enemies do not defeat me,
I will know that you are pleased with me.
12 I will know that it is because I have done what is right that you have helped me,
and I will know that you will let me be with you forever.
13 Praise Yahweh, the God whom we Israelis worship;
Praise him forever!
Amen! I desire that it will be so!