Psalm 41:3
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English Standard Version
The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.

King James Bible
The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord help him on his bed of sorrow : thou hast turned all his couch in his sickness.

English Revised Version
The LORD will support him upon the couch of languishing: thou makest all his bed in his sickness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In the midst of such sufferings, which, the longer they last, discover him all the more to himself as a sinner, he prays for speedy help. The cry for help in Psalm 40:14 turns with רצה towards the will of God; for this is the root of all things. As to the rest, it resembles Psalm 22:20 (Psalm 38:23). The persecuted one wishes that the purpose of his deadly foes may as it were rebound against the protection of God and miserably miscarry. לספּותהּ, ad abripiendam eam (with Dagesh in the פ according to Ges. 45, 2, Ew. 245, a, and not as Gesenius, Thesaurus, p. 1235, states, aspirated),

(Note: After ל the aspirate usually disappears, as here and in Psalm 118:13; but there are exceptions, as לנתושׁ ולנתוץ, Jeremiah 1:10, and frequently, לשׁדוד, ib. Psalm 57:4. After ב and כ it usually remains, as in Psalm 87:6, Job 4:13; Job 33:15; 2 Samuel 3:34; 1 Kings 1:21; Ecclesiastes 5:10; but again there are exceptions, as בּשׁכּן, Genesis 35:22, בּזכּר, Jeremiah 17:2. In Genesis 23:2 it is pointed לבכּתהּ according to the rule, and in my Comment. S. 423 it is to be read "with a Dagesh.")

is added to מבקשׁי נפשׁי by way of explanation and definiteness. ישׁמּוּ, from שׁמם, to become torpid, here used of outward and inward paralysis, which is the result of overpowering and as it were bewitching surprise or fright, and is called by the Arabs ro‛b or ra‛b (paralysis through terror) cf. Job, note at Psalm 18:12. An על following upon ישׁמּוּ looks at first sight as though it introduced the object and reason of this fright; it is therefore not: as a reward, in consequence of their infamy, which would not be על־עקב, but merely the accusative עקב (Isaiah 5:23, Arabic ‛qîba), it is rather: on account of the reward (Psalm 19:12) of their disgrace (cf. as belonging to the same period, Psalm 109:29; Psalm 35:26), i.e., of the reward which consists in their being put to shame (Hitzig). לי as in Psalm 3:3; Psalm 41:6 : with reference to me. האח האח (Aquila, ἀὰ ἀὰ, αὐτῇ συγχρησάμενος, as Eusebius says, οὕτως ἐχούσῃ τῇ Ἑβραΐκῆ φωνῇ) is an exclamation of sarcastic delight, which finds its satisfaction in another's misfortune (Psalm 35:25).

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strengthen

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

2 Kings 1:6,16 And they said to him, There came a man up to meet us, and said to us, Go, turn again to the king that sent you, and say to him...

2 Kings 20:5,6 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus said the LORD, the God of David your father, I have heard your prayer...

2 Corinthians 4:16,17 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day...

Philippians 2:26,27 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that you had heard that he had been sick...

make [heb.] turn

Cross References
Exodus 15:26
saying, "If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer."

Psalm 41:2
the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.

Psalm 41:4
As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!"

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