Psalms 40:12

“For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For innumerable euils haue compassed me about, mine iniquities haue taken hold vpon me, so that I am not able to looke vp: they are moe then the haires of mine head, therefore my heart faileth me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For evils beyond number have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see; They are more numerous than the hairs of my head, And my heart has failed me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For innumerable evils have compassed me about; Mine iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; And my heart hath failed me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For unnumbered evils are round about me; my sins have overtaken me, so that I am bent down with their weight; they are more than the hairs of my head, my strength is gone because of them.
- Basic English Bible

For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head: and my heart hath failed me.
- Darby Bible

For innumerable evils have encompassed me: my iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head: therefore my heart faileth me.
- Webster's Bible

For innumerable evils have surrounded me. My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up. They are more than the hairs of my head. My heart has failed me.
- World English Bible

For compassed me have evils innumerable, Overtaken me have mine iniquities, And I have not been able to see; They have been more than the hairs of my head, And my heart hath forsaken me.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(40:13) For innumerable evils have compassed me about, mine iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 40:12


40:12 Taken hold - Mens sins are figuratively said to take hold of them, as an officer takes hold of a man whom he arrests. To look - Unto God or men, with any comfort: I am ashamed and confounded.


Discussion for Psalms 40

  • A disciple
    "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." As much as we would wish to be done with this evil world, and all the temptations and difficulties we encounter every day; it is for our good, for our sanctification, for transforming us by developing and exercising the spiritual muscles, for our growth and maturity so we can really become men and women in God's image.
  • Bible girl 2017
    I was reading the beginning of this chapter about the Lord lifting us up out of the pit. Before I had always looked at that as referring to salvation, but today I was discouraged about something so silly and in years to come I’ll probably just look back and laugh, but anyways, the Lord showed me that it can also be referring to maybe a trial or valley and him picking you up and you singing a new
  • Cephas
    Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
  • BSP
    Verse 5: Counting our blessings and how God has acted personally in our lives can help us to cope with anxieties and have a grateful attitude.
  • Brianna vs. 4
    A constant theme in the Bible is putting trust in Jehovah God. It is essential to a Christian's survival. When we truly understand the power of having the Almighty being our trust, we have a sense of happiness because no man or thing can make us cower. ( Psalms 56:11) Nothing can keep us from God's love.
  • Lu2677
    Mr.Smith on5/4you instruct people to use their"imagination" to get prayers answered.Imagination=fanciful,empty assumption.We get what the Lord is willing to give us.His Will be done.Do a word search of"imagination"its not good!An evil heart is full of imaginations.May the Lord give you understanding.Your quotation marks with the verse you quoted is misleading.

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