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Psalm 40 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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My Help and My Deliverer

(Psa 70:1–5 )
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:1 - To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:2 - He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:3 - He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:4 - Blessed is the man who makes
the LORD his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:5 - You have multiplied, O LORD my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:6 - In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.[fn]
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:7 - Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:8 - I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:9 - I have told the glad news of deliverance[fn]
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:10 - I 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:11 - As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:12 - For evils have encompassed me
beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:13 - Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me!
O LORD, make haste to help me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:14 - Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:15 - Let those be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:16 - But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:17 - As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew ears you have dug for me
Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10

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