Psalms 40:7

7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.[a]

Psalms 40:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
ESV
7 Then I said, "Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
NLT
7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures:
MSG
7 So I answered, "I'm coming. I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
CSB
7 Then I said, "See, I have come; it is written about me in the volume of the scroll.

Psalms 40:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 40:7

Then said I
As in the council and covenant of peace, when and where he declared his willingness to come into the world, and make satisfaction for the sins of his people; so when the fulness of time was come for his appearance in human nature he repeated the same; for of the time of his coming into the world are these words interpreted, ( Hebrews 10:5 ) ; when sacrifice and offering God would not have any longer continued, and when a body was prepared him, then he said,

Lo, I come;
O Father; as Apollinarius, in his metaphrase, adds; that is, freely, and without compulsion; immediately, at once, without any delay; and he himself, and not another; and this not by change of place, but by assumption of nature; taking the body, or human nature, prepared for him, and uniting it to himself; to which the word "lo" is prefixed as a note of attention and admiration; the incarnation of Christ being a wonderful affair, and of the utmost moment and importance;

in the volume of the book [it is] written of me;
either in the book of divine predestination, in the purposes and decrees of God, ( Psalms 139:16 ) ; or in the book of the Scriptures; either in general, ( John 5:39 ) ( Luke 24:27 Luke 24:44 ) ; or particularly in the book of the Psalms, ( Psalms 1:1 Psalms 1:2 ) ( Psalms 2:2 Psalms 2:6 Psalms 2:7 ) ; or rather in the book of the law, the five books of Moses, since these were the only books or volumes that were composed at the writing of this psalm; and it has respect not to ( Deuteronomy 18:15 ) ; nor ( Deuteronomy 17:18 ) ; nor ( Exodus 21:6 ) ; but rather ( Genesis 3:15 ) ; and seeing the coming of Christ into the world was not only appointed of God, agreed unto by Christ, but was prophesied of, and penned down in the sacred writings; therefore at the appointed time he came, freely and willingly. This book is called a volume, or roll, alluding to the manner of writing formerly; when what was written was finished, it was rolled about a stick in the manner of a cylinder; and in this form is the book of the law with the Jews to this day; (See Gill on Luke 4:17).

Psalms 40:7 In-Context

5 Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.
8 I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Job 19:23; Jeremiah 36:2; Jeremiah 45:1; Ezekiel 2:9; Zechariah 5:1

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "come" / "with the scroll written for me"