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Psalm 40 (English Standard Version)

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My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 I 1waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and 2heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from 3the pit of destruction, out of 4the miry bog, and 5set my feet upon a rock, 6making my steps secure. 3 He put 7a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will 8see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is the man who 9makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who 10go astray after a lie! 5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your 11wondrous deeds and your 12thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are 13more than can be told. 6 14In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open 15ear.a Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. 7 Then I said, "Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written 16of me: 8 17I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is 18within my heart." 9 I have told the glad news of deliveranceb in 19the great congregation; behold, I have not 20restrained my lips, 21as you know, O LORD. 10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. 11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your 22steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! 12 For evils have 23encompassed me beyond number; my 24iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot 25see; they are 26more than the hairs of my head; my heart 27fails me. 13 28Be pleased, O LORD, to 29deliver me! O LORD, 30make haste to help me! 14 31Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be 32turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! 15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who 33say to me, "Aha, Aha!" 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation 34say continually, "Great is the LORD!" 17 As for me, I am 35poor and needy, but 36the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
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