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Psalm 40 (Lexham English Bible)

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For the [music] director. Of David. A psalm.

God’s Faithfulness and Deliverance

1 aI waited patiently for Yahweh, And he inclined to me and heard my cry for help. 2 And [so] he brought me up from [the] roaring pit,b from the miry clay. And he put my feet upon a rock; he made my steps steady. 3 Then he put a new song in my mouth, a praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and will trust Yahweh. 4 Blessed [is] the man who makes Yahweh his trust and does not turn to [the] proud and [to those who] fall away [to] a lie.c 5 Many things, O Yahweh my God, you have done-- your wonderful deeds and your thoughts toward us. There is none to compare with you. If I [tried to] proclaim and tell [of them], they would be too numerous to count. 6 A sacrifice and offering you do not desire. {My ears you have opened}.d Burnt offering and sin offering you have not demanded. 7 Then I said, "Look, I come. In [the] scroll of [the] book it is written concerning me: 8 'I delight to do your will, O my God, and your law [is] {deep within me}.'"e 9 I have brought good tidings [of] righteousness in the great congregation. Look, I have not shut my lips. O Yahweh, {you surely know that}.f 10 Your righteousness I have not hidden in the midst of my heart. I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation. I have not concealed your loyal love or your faithfulness from [the] great congregation. 11 As for you, O Yahweh, do not withhold your mercies from me. Let your loyal love and your faithfulness continually preserve me. 12 For evils without number have encompassed me. My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me. 13 Be pleased, O Yahweh, to deliver me. O Yahweh, hurry to help me. 14 Let them be shamed and abashed altogether who seek to take away my life.g Let them be repulsed and humiliated [who] desire my harm. 15 Let them be appalled because of their shame, those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" 16 Let them rejoice and be glad in you, all those who seek you. Let them say continually, "Yahweh is great!" --those who love your salvation. 17 But I [am] poor and needy. Let my Lord consider me. You [are] my help and my deliverer. O my God, do not delay.
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