Psalm 40 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I waited patiently for the Lord's help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. 1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He taught me to sing a new song, a song of praise to our God. Many who see this will take warning and will put their trust in the Lord. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
4 Happy are those who trust the Lord, who do not turn to idols or join those who worship false gods. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 You have done many things for us, O Lord our God; there is no one like you! You have made many wonderful plans for us. I could never speak of them all - their number is so great! 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
6 You do not want sacrifices and offerings; you do not ask for animals burned whole on the altar or for sacrifices to take away sins. Instead, you have given me ears to hear you, 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7 and so I answered, "Here I am; your instructions for me are in the book of the Law. 7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come-- it is written about me in the scroll.
8 How I love to do your will, my God! I keep your teaching in my heart." 8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."
9 In the assembly of all your people, Lord, I told the good news that you save us. You know that I will never stop telling it. 9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.
10 I have not kept the news of salvation to myself; I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help. In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent about your loyalty and constant love. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.
11 Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe. 11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.
12 I am surrounded by many troubles - too many to count! My sins have caught up with me, and I can no longer see; they are more than the hairs of my head, and I have lost my courage. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.
13 Save me, Lord! Help me now! 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.
14 May those who try to kill me be completely defeated and confused. May those who are happy because of my troubles be turned back and disgraced. 14 May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who make fun of me be dismayed by their defeat. 15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" be appalled at their own shame.
16 May all who come to you be glad and joyful. May all who are thankful for your salvation always say, "How great is the Lord!" 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!"
17 I am weak and poor, O Lord, but you have not forgotten me. You are my savior and my God - hurry to my aid! 17 Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.