Psalm 41:1
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For the director of music. A psalm of David. Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David.} Blessed is he that understandeth the poor: Jehovah will deliver him in the day of evil.

World English Bible
Blessed is he who considers the poor. Yahweh will deliver him in the day of evil.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm of David. O the happiness of him Who is acting wisely unto the poor, In a day of evil doth Jehovah deliver him.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Blessed is he that considereth - God is merciful; he will have man to resemble him: as far as he is merciful, feels a compassionate heart, and uses a benevolent hand, he resembles his Maker; and the mercy he shows to others God will show to him. But it is not a sudden impression at the sight of a person in distress, which obliges a man to give something for the relief of the sufferer, that constitutes the merciful character. It is he who considers the poor; who endeavors to find them out; who looks into their circumstances; who is in the habit of doing so; and actually, according to his power and means, goes about to do good; that is the merciful man, of whom God speaks with such high approbation, and to whom he promises a rich reward.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

(Title.) This Psalm is supposed to have been written on the same occasion as the three former; and to relate to David's affliction and the evil treatment received from his enemies during its continuance.

Blessed

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the LORD your God gives you...

Job 29:12-16 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him...

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail...

Proverbs 14:21 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days...

Isaiah 58:7-11 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked...

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always.

Luke 14:13,14 But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind...

2 Corinthians 9:8-14 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things...

Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

the poor, or the week, or the sick

Matthew 25:34-39 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father...

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus...

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Lord

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 37:26,39,40 He is ever merciful, and lends; and his seed is blessed...

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name...

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

time of trouble [heb.] the day of evil

Psalm 37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

Proverbs 16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say...

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come on all the world...

Library
Christ Teaching Liberality
If we should attempt to mention all the parables which Jesus spoke, and the miracles which he performed, and the many other lessons which he taught, it would make a long list. As we have done before we can only take one or two specimens of these general lessons which Jesus taught. We have one of these in the title to our present chapter, which is--Christ Teaching Liberality. This was a very important lesson for Jesus to teach. One of the sad effects of sin upon our nature is to make it selfish,
Richard Newton—The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young

The Beatific vision. (Continued. )
In the Beatific Vision our intellect is glorified, and our thirst for knowledge completely satisfied. Man was created with a thirst for knowledge which can never be satiated in this world. Sin, which greatly weakened and darkened his mental faculties, has not taken away his desire and love for knowledge. And the knowledge which he acquired by eating the forbidden fruit, rather increased than satisfied his thirst. But all his efforts to reach the perfection of knowledge, even in the natural order,
F. J. Boudreaux—The Happiness of Heaven

Psalms
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:10
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

Ruth 2:19
Her mother-in-law asked her, "Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!" Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. "The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz," she said.

Job 24:4
They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.

Psalm 27:5
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 37:19
In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

Psalm 82:3
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Psalm 82:4
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

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