Psalms 40:9

9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know.

Psalms 40:9 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
English Standard Version (ESV)
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O LORD, well know.
The Message Bible (MSG)
9 I've preached you to the whole congregation, I've kept back nothing, God - you know that.
American Standard Version (ASV)
9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great assembly; Lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Jehovah, thou knowest.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
9 I will announce the good news of righteousness among those assembled for worship. I will not close my lips. You know that, O LORD.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; see, I do not keep my mouth closed -as You know, Lord.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
9 I have told the whole community of those who worship you that what you do is right. Lord, you know that I haven't kept quiet.

Psalms 40:9 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 40:9

I have preached righteousness in the great congregation
Not the righteousness which the law requires men to do; but the righteousness which Christ himself wrought out, for the justification of them that believe; this he was a preacher, as well as the author of, and is part of the glad tidings he was anointed to preach, ( Isaiah 61:1 ) ; and the word F14 here used signifies, for the most part, the publishing of good tidings; and this our Lord did publicly, before all the people, in the synagogues of the Jews, and in the temple, whither the people in great numbers resorted; especially at the three great festivals in the year; the feasts of passover, pentecost, and tabernacles, when all the males were obliged to appear, and made up a great congregation indeed; see ( John 2:23 ) ( John 5:1 John 5:14 ) ( 8:2 ) ( 18:20 ) ;

lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest;
Christ appeals to his divine Father, the searcher of hearts, and trier of reins, for the truth of this; that he had not laid any restraint upon his lips, nor kept back anything in his ministry that was profitable; but had taught the way of God in great integrity and sincerity; had opened his mouth, and spoke freely and fully, and used great plainness of speech.


F14 (ytrvb) (euhggelisamhn) Sept. "evangelizavi", Schmidt, Michaelis; "I have preached the glad tidings of justice", Ainsworth.

Psalms 40:9 In-Context

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.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 22:31
  • 2. S Psalms 22:25
  • 3. S Joshua 22:22; Psalms 119:13
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