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Psalm 40 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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(Psa 70:1–5 )
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:1 - For the choir director: A psalm of David.

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:2 - He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:3 - He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:4 - Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD,
who have no confidence in the proud
or in those who worship idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:5 - O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:6 - You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[fn]
you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:7 - Then I said, “Look, I have come.
As is written about me in the Scriptures:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:8 - I take joy in doing your will, my God,
for your instructions are written on my heart.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:9 - I have told all your people about your justice.
I have not been afraid to speak out,
as you, O LORD, well know.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:10 - I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:11 - LORD, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:12 - For troubles surround me—
too many to count!
My sins pile up so high
I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head.
I have lost all courage.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:13 - Please, LORD, rescue me!
Come quickly, LORD, and help me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:14 - May those who try to destroy me
be humiliated and put to shame.
May those who take delight in my trouble
be turned back in disgrace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:15 - Let them be horrified by their shame,
for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:16 - But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, “The LORD is great!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 40:17 - As for me, since I am poor and needy,
let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
You are my helper and my savior.
O my God, do not delay.
NLT Footnotes
Greek text reads You have given me a body. Compare Heb 10:5.

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