Care for the poor (Ps 72:12-72:14)

“He delivers

The needy when they call.

He delivers

The poor.

He delivers

Those who have no helper.

He has pity on the weak.

He has pity on the needy.

He saves the lives of the needy.

From oppression and violence

He redeems their life.

Precious is their blood in his sight.”

This ideal king helps the needy when they ask for help. He delivers the poor and those who have no one to help them. He has pity on the weak and the needy. He saves them from oppression and violence as he redeems their lives. Their blood is precious in his sight.

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Those who help the poor (Ps 41:1-41:3)

To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of David

“Happy are those who consider the poor!

Yahweh delivers them in the day of trouble.

Yahweh protects them.

Yahweh keeps them alive.

They are called happy in the land.

You do not give him up to the will of their enemies.

Yahweh sustains them on their sickbed.

In their illness

You heal all their infirmities.”

Psalm 41 is another generic psalm of David with a choral leader, as the last psalm of the first book or section of psalms. The people who consider the poor will be rewarded. Yahweh will rescue them in the days of trouble. He will protect them and keep them alive. They are the truly happy ones. Yahweh will not give them up to their enemies. Yet he will sustain them in their sickness. He will heal them. Yahweh will be kind to those who care for the poor.