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Psalm 40

Faith Persevering in Trial

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 I awaited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me,

And heard my cry.

2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,

Out of bthe miry clay,

And cset my feet upon a rock,

And established my steps.

3 dHe has put a new song in my mouth—

Praise to our God;

Many will see it and fear,

And will trust in the Lord.

4 eBlessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust,

And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

5 fMany, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works

Which You have done;

gAnd Your thoughts toward us

Cannot be recounted to You in order;

If I would declare and speak of them,

They are more than can be numbered.

6 hSacrifice and offering You did not desire;

My ears You have opened.

Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.

7 Then I said, “Behold, I come;

In the scroll of the book it is written of me.

8 iI delight to do Your will, O my God,

And Your law is jwithin my heart.”

9 kI have proclaimed the good news of righteousness

In the great assembly;

Indeed, lI do not restrain my lips,

O Lord, You Yourself know.

10 mI have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;

I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;

I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth

From the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord;

nLet Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.

12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me;

oMy iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up;

They are more than the hairs of my head;

Therefore my heart fails me.

13 pBe pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;

O Lord, make haste to help me!

14 qLet them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion

Who seek to destroy my 1life;

Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor

Who wish me evil.

15 Let them be rconfounded because of their shame,

Who say to me, “Aha, aha!”

16 sLet all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;

Let such as love Your salvation tsay continually,

“The Lord be magnified!”

17 uBut I am poor and needy;

vYet the Lord thinks upon me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

Do not delay, O my God.


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