Psalm 41

1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor:
Jehovah will deliver him in the day of evil.

1-4. He who is in temptations, and consequent afflictions, is always upheld, and thereby vivified. P. P.

2 Jehovah will preserve him, and keep him alive,
And he shall be blessed upon the earth;
And deliver not thou him unto the will of his enemies.

3 Jehovah will support him upon the couch of languishing:
Thou makest all his bed in his sickness.

3 The will of his enemies — the soul of his enemies. See Psalm xvi. 10. E. 750.

4 I said, O Jehovah, have mercy upon me:
Heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

4 See Psalm iv. 4. R. 137.

4, 5. See Psalm xxx. 2, add:
Because healing has this signification, the Lord also calls himself a physician. A. 8365.

5 Mine enemies speak evil against me, saying,
When will he die, and his name perish ?
6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh falsehood;
His heart gathereth iniquity to itself:
When he goeth abroad he telleth it.
7 All that hate me whisper together against me;
Against me do they devise my hurt.

5-8. The hells among themselves devise evils against the Lord. P. P.

8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him;
And now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted,
Who did eat of my bread,
Hath lifted up his heel against me.
10 But thou, O Jehovah, have mercy upon me, and raise
me up,
That I may requite them.
11 By this I know that thou delightest in me,
Because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity,
And settest me before thy face for ever.

9 And think that He is to be utterly destroyed. P. P.
10 So also do those who are of the church where the Word is. P. P.

This is spoken concerning the Jews who were in possession of Divine truths, because they had the Word. E. 617.

11, 12. They will not succeed, and will themselves be destroyed. P. P.

13, 14. Perfection belongs to the Lord. P. P.

13 Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel,
From everlasting and to everlasting.
Amen, and Amen.

14 See Psalm xxviii. 6. A. 1096.
That the Lord as to the Divine natural is meant by the God of Israel is plain from many passages in the Word. See Exodus xxiv. 9, 10. A. 7091.

In many places the Lord is called the God of Israel. Isaiah xvii. 6; xxi. 10, 17: Jeremiah vii. 3; ix. 15: Ezekiel viii. 4, etc. L. 39.

See Psalm xxviii. 6. R. 289.

That the Lord is called the God of Israel is evident also from very many passages. T. 93.

Amen signifies verity, thus the Lord himself, since when He was in the world He was Divine truth (verity) itself. E. 228.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)