Prayers and Psalms for the Sick
Jewish tradition has a long history of prayer for those who are ill. Please find Psalms (Tehillim) and a prayer below. Read them aloud at least once a day.
Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 23
1. A song of David. G‑d is my shepherd; I shall not lack. 2. He causes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. 3. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 4. Even when I walk in the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff - they comfort me. 5. You set a table before me in the presence of my adversaries; You anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6. May only goodness and kindness pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of G‑d for length of days.
תהילים פרק כג
א מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: י-ְהוָה רֹעִי, לֹא אֶחְסָר.
ב בִּנְאוֹת דֶּשֶׁא, יַרְבִּיצֵנִי; עַל-מֵי מְנֻחוֹת יְנַהֲלֵנִי.
ג נַפְשִׁי יְשׁוֹבֵב; יַנְחֵנִי בְמַעְגְּלֵי-צֶדֶק, לְמַעַן שְׁמוֹ.
ד גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע— כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי;
שִׁבְטְךָ וּמִשְׁעַנְתֶּךָ, הֵמָּה יְנַחֲמֻנִי.
ה תַּעֲרֹךְ לְפָנַי, שֻׁלְחָן— נֶגֶד צֹרְרָי;
דִּשַּׁנְתָּ בַשֶּׁמֶן רֹאשִׁי, כּוֹסִי רְוָיָה.
ו אַךְ, טוֹב וָחֶסֶד יִרְדְּפוּנִי— כָּל-יְמֵי חַיָּי;
וְשַׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְ-הוָה, לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים.
Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 121
1. A song for ascents. I shall raise my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come? 2. My help is from G‑d, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3. He will not allow your foot to falter; Your Guardian will not slumber. 4. Behold the Guardian of Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5. G‑d is your Guardian; G‑d is your shadow; [He is] by your right hand. 6. By day, the sun will not smite you, nor will the moon at night. 7. G‑d will guard you from all evil; He will guard your soul. 8. G‑d will guard your going out and your coming in from now and to eternity.
תהילים פרק קכא
א שִׁיר, לַמַּעֲלוֹת:
אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי, אֶל-הֶהָרִים— מֵאַיִן, יָבֹא עֶזְרִי.
ב עֶזְרִי, מֵעִם יְהוָה— עֹשֵׂה, שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.
ג אַל-יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ; אַל-יָנוּם, שֹׁמְרֶךָ.
ד הִנֵּה לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן— שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵל.
ה יְהוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ; יְהוָה צִלְּךָ, עַל-יַד יְמִינֶךָ.
ו יוֹמָם, הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא-יַכֶּכָּה; וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה.
ז יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל-רָע: יִשְׁמֹר, אֶת-נַפְשֶׁךָ.
ח יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָר-צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ— מֵעַתָּה, וְעַד-עוֹלָם.
Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 20
1. For the conductor, a song of David. 2. May G‑d answer you on a day of distress; may the name of the God of Jacob fortify you. 3. May He send your aid from His sanctuary, and may He support you from Zion. 4. May He remember all your meal offerings and may He accept your fat burnt offerings forever. 5. May He give you as your heart [desires], and may He fulfill all your counsel. 6. Let us sing praises for your salvation, and let us assemble in the name of our God; may G‑d fulfill all your requests. 7. Now I know that G‑d saved His anointed; He answered him from His holy heavens; with the mighty acts of salvation from His right hand. 8. These trust in chariots and these in horses, but we-we mention the name of G‑d our God. 9. They kneel and fall, but we rise and gain strength. 10. O G‑d, save [us]; may the King answer us on the day we call.
תהילים פרק כ
א לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד.
ב יַעַנְךָ יְ-הוה, בְּיוֹם צָרָה; יְשַׂגֶּבְךָ, שֵׁם אֱלֹ-הֵי יַעֲקֹב.
ג יִשְׁלַח-עֶזְרְךָ מִקֹּדֶשׁ; וּמִצִּיּוֹן, יִסְעָדֶךָּ.
ד יִזְכֹּר כָּל-מִנְחֹתֶךָ; וְעוֹלָתְךָ יְדַשְּׁנֶה סֶלָה.
ה יִתֶּן-לְךָ כִלְבָבֶךָ; וְכָל-עֲצָתְךָ יְמַלֵּא.
ו נְרַנְּנָה, בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ— וּבְשֵׁם-אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ נִדְגֹּל;
יְמַלֵּא יְ-הוָה, כָּל-מִשְׁאֲלוֹתֶיךָ.
ז עַתָּה יָדַעְתִּי— כִּי הוֹשִׁיעַ יְ-הוָה, מְשִׁיחוֹ:
יַעֲנֵהוּ, מִשְּׁמֵי קָדְשׁוֹ— בִּגְבֻרוֹת, יֵשַׁע יְמִינוֹ.
ח אֵלֶּה בָרֶכֶב, וְאֵלֶּה בַסּוּסִים;
וַאֲנַחְנוּ, בְּשֵׁם-יְ-הוָה אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ נַזְכִּיר.
.ט הֵמָּה, כָּרְעוּ וְנָפָלוּ; וַאֲנַחְנוּ קַּמְנוּ, וַנִּתְעוֹדָד.
י יְ-הוָה הוֹשִׁיעָה: הַמֶּלֶךְ, יַעֲנֵנוּ בְיוֹם-קָרְאֵנוּ.
Prayer for the Sick
G‑d, G‑d, mighty, merciful and gracious, long - suffering, and abundant in love and truth, keeping truth for thousands of generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and Who erases.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the strength, the splendor, the victory and the glory; for everything in heaven and earth is Your Kingdom; God Who is exalted above every leader. And in Your hand is the soul of every living thing and the spirit of all mortal men. And in Your hand is the power to make great, to strengthen and to cure every person, even one who is crushed, crushed to the very depths of his soul.
Nothing is unknown to You, and in Your hand is the soul of every living thing. Therefore may it be Your will, O trustworthy God, Merciful Father, Healer of all illnesses of Your people Israel; the One Who dresses the wounds of beloved ones with healing balms, and Who redeems His devout ones, and Who delivers the souls of His servants—
You, O trustworthy Healer—please send healing, cure, and remedy, with abundant kindness, graciousness, and compassion to [person’s Jewish name] the son/daughter of [the person’s mother’s Jewish name].
Restore his/her spirit and soul. May You be filled with mercy for him/her to restore him/her to health, to cure, strengthen, and revitalize him/her as is the wish of all for his/her relatives and loved ones. May You send him/her a complete recovery, a spiritual recovery, and a physical recovery.
Renew his/her youth like the eagles; send him/her, and all who are ill a lasting cure, a blessed cure, a gracious and compassionate cure, a merciful cure, with peace and life and lengthy days and years. May there be fulfilled for him/her and all who are ailing the verse recorded by Your servant Moses, the most faithful of Your House:
“And he [Moses] said:“any sickness that I have brought upon Egypt I will not bring upon you, for I am God, Your Healer.’”
“And He shall bless your bread and your water, and I shall remove sickness from among you.” “None shall miscarry nor be barren in your land; I will fill out the number of your days.”
“And God will remove from you all sickness....”
Heal us, God—then we will be healed; save us—then we will be saved, for You are our praise. Bring complete recovery for all of the ailments of Your people, the family of Israel, and particularly to [state the person’s name] the son/daughter of [state the person’s mother’s name], a complete recovery to (for a male: his 248 organs and to his 365 sinews) (for a female: all her organs and her sinews). Cure him/her like [You did] Hezekiah, King of Judah, from his sickness, and like Miriam, the prophetess, from her leprosy. Employ the sacred names that emanate from the verses containing Your thirteen attributes of Divine Mercy. Please, O God, heal [person’s Jewish name] the son/daughter of [person’s mother’s Jewish name] and raise him/her from his/her sickbed.
Grant lengthy days and years to him/her so that he/she may serve You with love and fear. And grant him/her a life of mercy, a life of health, a life of peace, a life of blessing, as it is written: “For length of days and years of life and peace shall they add to you.”
It is customary to give charity in the merit of the one who is ill, in particular to a charity that provides for the poor.