Psalms 40

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 I a  waited patiently for the  Lord;
he inclined to me and b  heard my cry.
2He drew me up from c  the pit of destruction,
out of d  the miry bog,
and e  set my feet upon a rock,
f  making my steps secure.
3He put g  a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will h  see and fear,
and put their trust in the  Lord.
4 Blessed is the man who i  makes
the  Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who j  go astray after a lie!
5You have multiplied, O  Lord my God,
your k  wondrous deeds and your l  thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are m  more than can be told.
6 n  In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open o  ear.
Hebrew ears you have dug for me

Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
7Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written q  of me:
8 r  I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is s  within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance
Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10

in u  the great congregation;
behold, I have not v  restrained my lips,
w  as you know, O  Lord.
10I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
11 As for you, O  Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your x  steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
12For evils have y  encompassed me
beyond number;
my z  iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot aa  see;
they are ab  more than the hairs of my head;
my heart ac  fails me.
13 ad  Be pleased, O  Lord, to ae  deliver me!
O  Lord, af  make haste to help me!
14 ag  Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be ah  turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
15Let those be appalled because of their shame
who ai  say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
aj  say continually, “Great is the  Lord!”
17As for me, I am ak  poor and needy,
but al  the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
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