Psalms 40:1-7

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 [a]I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
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 put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORDand put their trust in him.
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
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[c] — burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.[e]

Psalms 40:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
ESV
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
NLT
1 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
MSG
1 I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened.
CSB
1 I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help.

Psalms 40:1-7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 40:1-7 In-Context

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
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 put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORDand put their trust in him.
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
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.
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 21

  • 1. S Psalms 37:7; Psalms 27:14
  • 2. Psalms 6:9; S Psalms 31:22; Psalms 34:15; Psalms 116:1; Psalms 145:19
  • 3. S Job 9:31; S Psalms 7:15
  • 4. S Job 30:19
  • 5. Psalms 69:14
  • 6. Psalms 31:8
  • 7. Psalms 27:5
  • 8. S Psalms 28:7; S Psalms 96:1; Revelation 5:9; Psalms 33:3
  • 9. Psalms 52:6; Psalms 64:9
  • 10. S Exodus 14:31
  • 11. Psalms 34:8
  • 12. Psalms 84:12
  • 13. Psalms 101:5; Psalms 138:6; Proverbs 3:34; Proverbs 16:5; Isaiah 65:5; 1 Peter 5:5
  • 14. S Deuteronomy 31:20; S Psalms 4:2; S Psalms 26:1
  • 15. S Deuteronomy 4:34; Psalms 75:1; Psalms 105:5; Psalms 136:4
  • 16. Psalms 139:18; Isaiah 55:8
  • 17. Psalms 71:15; Psalms 139:17
  • 18. S 1 Samuel 15:22; Jeremiah 6:20; Amos 5:22
  • 19. Exodus 21:6
  • 20. Psalms 50:8; Psalms 51:16; Isaiah 1:11; Hosea 6:6
  • 21. Job 19:23; Jeremiah 36:2; Jeremiah 45:1; Ezekiel 2:9; Zechariah 5:1

Footnotes 5

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 40:1-17 is numbered 40:2-18.
  • [b]. Or "to lies"
  • [c]. Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts "but a body you have prepared for me"
  • [d]. Or "purification offerings"
  • [e]. Or "come" / "with the scroll written for me"
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