(1) For the leader. A psalm of David. (2) Happy is he who is thoughtful of the wretched; in bad times may the LORD keep him from harm. (3) May the LORD guard him and preserve him; and may he be thought happy in the land. Do not subject him to the will of his enemies. (4) The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed; You shall wholly transform his bed of suffering. (5) I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me, heal me, for I have sinned against You.” (6) My enemies speak evilly of me, “When will he die and his name perish?” (7) If one comes to visit, he speaks falsely; his mind stores up evil thoughts; once outside, he speaks them. (8) All my enemies whisper together against me, imagining the worst for me. (9) “Something baneful has settled in him; he’ll not rise from his bed again.” (10) My ally in whom I trusted, even he who shares my bread, has been utterly false to me. (11) But You, O LORD, have mercy on me; let me rise again and repay them. (12) Then shall I know that You are pleased with me: when my enemy cannot shout in triumph over me. (13) You will support me because of my integrity, and let me abide in Your presence forever. (14) Blessed is the LORD, God of Israel, from eternity to eternity. Amen and Amen.