Psalm 41:10
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New International Version
But may you have mercy on me, LORD; raise me up, that I may repay them.

New Living Translation
LORD, have mercy on me. Make me well again, so I can pay them back!

English Standard Version
But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them!

New American Standard Bible
But You, O LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up, That I may repay them.

King James Bible
But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But You, LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up; then I will repay them.

International Standard Version
But you, LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up so that I may pay them back!

NET Bible
As for you, O LORD, have mercy on me and raise me up, so I can pay them back!"

New Heart English Bible
But you, LORD, have mercy on me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you, Lord Jehovah, show mercy upon me and raise me up, that I may repay them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have pity on me, O LORD! Raise me up so that I can pay them back

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Thou, O LORD, be gracious unto me, and raise me up, That I may requite them.

New American Standard 1977
But Thou, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up,
            That I may repay them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me and raise me up that I may requite them.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.

American King James Version
But you, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

American Standard Version
But thou, O Jehovah, have mercy upon me, and raise me up, That I may requite them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou, O Lord, have mercy on me, and raise me up again : and I will requite them.

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, Jehovah, be gracious unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

English Revised Version
But thou, O LORD, have mercy upon me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

World English Bible
But you, Yahweh, have mercy on me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.

Young's Literal Translation
And Thou, Jehovah, favour me, And cause me to rise, And I give recompence to them.
Study Bible
He who Shared My Bread Lifts his Heel
9Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me. 10But You, O LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up, That I may repay them. 11By this I know that You are pleased with me, Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.…
Cross References
Psalm 3:3
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

Psalm 41:11
By this I know that You are pleased with me, Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.
Treasury of Scripture

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Verse 10. - But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me (comp. ver. 4). The writer passes from complaint to prayer, and once more calls on God to deliver him. And raise me up. Falsify the prediction of my enemies (ver. 8); raise me up from my sick-bed, and re-establish me in a position of authority. That I may requite them. This was not private revenge, but David's duty as a king (Romans 13:4). But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up,.... Not from a bed of illness, nor from a state of poverty and want; but from the dead: it was by the will of his divine Father that he suffered death, and it was to him he made satisfaction and reconciliation for the sins of his people, by his sufferings and death; and therefore it was but a reasonable request, that, having done this, he should be raised from the dead: besides, his Father had promised it, and he had believed it; so that this prayer was a prayer of faith, founded upon a divine promise; and the resurrection of Christ is for the most part ascribed to God the Father as his act; though not to the exclusion of the Son, who had power, as to lay down his life, so to take it up again; and though the resurrection of Christ from the dead is not only an act of power, but also of justice, he having paid his people's debts, atoned for their sins, and satisfied law and justice, it was but right and equitable that he should be discharged from the prison of the grave, and set free; yet here it is requested as an act of mercy, grace, and kindness; for, by doing it, it would appear that his Father's wrath was taken away from him, and that he had turned himself from the fierceness of his anger to him, and that he was well pleased with his righteousness and sacrifice; besides, it was giving him glory, as well as rolling away the reproach he lay under; and, however, it was in mercy to his body the church, whom he represented, since it was for their justification; nay, their regeneration is influenced by it; and so is the resurrection of their bodies, of which Christ's resurrection is the pledge and pattern. The end Christ had in view in making the request follows;

that I may requite them: not "him", Judas, last mentioned; for justice pursued and overtook him; he destroyed himself, and was gone to his own place, before Christ's resurrection from the dead; but them, the Jews, as a body; his enemies that spoke ill of him, wished ill to him, conspired against him, to take away his life, and did bring him to the dust of death: and this his requital of them, after his resurrection, was either of good for evil, by ordering his disciples to preach his Gospel, first at Jerusalem, to those very persons who were concerned in his death, many of whom were converted, baptized, and added to the church; or of evil, for their evil to him, which had its accomplishment in part, at the destruction of Jerusalem, and will more fully at the day of judgment, when they that have pierced him shall see him come in the clouds of heaven. 10 But thou O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

"But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me." How the hunted and affrighted soul turns to her God! How she seems to take breath with a "but, thou!" How she clings to the hope of mercy from God when every chance of pity from man is gone! "And raise me up." Recover me from my sickness, give me to regain my position. Jesus was raised up from the grave; his descent was ended by an ascent. "That I may requite them." This as it reads is a truly Old Testament sentence, and quite aside from the spirit of Christianity, yet we must remember that David was a person in magisterial office, and might without any personal revenge, desire to punish those who had insulted his authority and libelled his public character. Our great Apostle and High Priest had no personal animosities, but even he by his resurrection has requited the powers of evil, and avenged on death and hell all their base attacks upon his cause and person. Still the strained application of every sentence of this Psalm to Christ is not to our liking, and we prefer to call attention to the better spirit of the gospel beyond that of the old dispensation. 10. A lawful punishment of criminals is not revenge, nor inconsistent with their final good (compare Ps 40:14, 15).41:5-13 We complain, and justly, of the want of sincerity, and that there is scarcely any true friendship to be found among men; but the former days were no better. One particularly, in whom David had reposed great confidence, took part with his enemies. And let us not think it strange, if we receive evil from those we suppose to be friends. Have not we ourselves thus broken our words toward God? We eat of his bread daily, yet lift up the heel against him. But though we may not take pleasure in the fall of our enemies, we may take pleasure in the making vain their designs. When we can discern the Lord's favour in any mercy, personal or public, that doubles it. If the grace of God did not take constant care of us, we should not be upheld. But let us, while on earth, give heartfelt assent to those praises which the redeemed on earth and in heaven render to their God and Saviour.
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