Psalm 40 ESV

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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    • · 40:6 - Hebrew ears you have dug for me
      7 Then I said, "Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written 16of me:

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      8 17I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is 18within my heart."

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      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.

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        • ¸ 40:9 - Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10
          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!

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          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.

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          13 28Be pleased, O LORD, to 29deliver me! O LORD, 30make haste to help me!

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              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!

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              15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who 33say to me, "Aha, Aha!"

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              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!"

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              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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