The deadly illness (Ps 41:8-41:9)

“They think

That a deadly thing has fastened on me.

I will not rise again

From where I lie.

Even my bosom friend,

In whom I trusted,

Who ate of my bread,

Has lifted his heel against me.”

Both David’s enemies and friends have turned against him during this deadly illness. The enemies thought that he would never get out of bed again. Even some friend, whom he trusted and broke bread with, had lifted his heel against him. David was feeling very lonely. Everyone was waiting for his death.

The sick David (Ps 41:4-41:7)

“As for me,

I said.

‘Yahweh!

Be gracious to me!

Heal me!

I have sinned against you!’

My enemies wonder in malice.

‘When I will die?

When will my name perish?’

When they come to see me,

They utter empty words.

While their hearts gather mischief,

When they go out,

They tell it abroad.

All who hate me

Whisper together about me.

They imagine the worst for me.”

David asks Yahweh to be gracious to him. He seems to have some kind of deadly illness. David admitted that he had sinned, but he still wanted to be healed. His enemies were malicious. They wondered when he would die. They wanted to see his name forgotten. However, they did come to see him with empty words. They were mischievous as they went to those who hated him. They whispered about him as they imagined the worst for him.