The Psalms: Book 1, Psalm 40

Psalm 40  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 4
Book First
Chap. 40
1 To the chief musician; a psalm of David.
2 Waiting I waited for Jehovah, and he bowed to me and heard my cry.
3 And he brought me up from a pit of noise, and from the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock; he fixed my steps.
4 And he put in my mouth a new song, praise to our God: many shall see and fear, and trust in Jehovah.
5 Blessed the man who hath made Jehovah his trust, and hath not turned round to [men] proud and swerving to falsehood.
6 Many things hast thou done, O Jehovah my God; thy wonderful deeds and thy thoughts to us none can set in order to thee: I would declare and speak—they are too many to be numbered.
7 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears didst thou dig; burnt-offering and sin-offering thou didst not ask.
8 Then I said, Behold, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me:
9 To do thy will, my God, I delight; and thy law [is] in the midst of my bowels.
10 I announced righteousness in the great congregation; behold, I will not refrain my lips, O Jehovah, thou knowest.
11 Thy righteousness I hid not in the midst of my heart; thy faithfulness and thy salvation I declared; I concealed not thy mercy and thy truth from the great congregation.
12 Thou, O Jehovah, wilt not withhold thy compassion from me; thy mercy and thy truth will always preserve me.
13 For evils till there is no number compassed upon me; my sins have overtaken me, and I am not able to see; they are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart has left me.
14 Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me; O Jehovah, make haste to my help.
15 Ashamed and confounded be [those] that seek my soul to destroy it; driven back and disgraced be [those] that wish my hurt.
16 Desolate on account of their shame be [those that] say to me, Aha, aha.
17 Let all that seek rejoice and be glad in thee; let those that love thy salvation say always, Jehovah be magnified.
18 And I poor and needy—Jehovah thinketh of me. My help and deliverer [art] thou; O my God, delay not.