Psalms Chapter 40
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1 The benefite of confidence in God. 6 Obedience is the best sacrifice. 11 The sence of Dauids euils inflameth his prayer.
[To the chiefe Musician, A Psalme of Dauid.] I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined vnto me, and heard my crie.1
He brought me vp also out of an horrible pit, out of the mirie clay, and set my feete vpon a rock, and established my goings.2
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, euen praise vnto our God: many shall see it, and feare, and shall trust in the Lord.
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his truste: and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turne aside to lies.
Many, O Lord my God; are thy wonderfull workes which thou hast done, and thy thoughts, which are to vs ward: they cannot be reckoned vp in order vnto thee: if I would declare and speake of them, they are moe then can be numbred.5
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire, mine eares hast thou opened: burnt offering and sinne-offering hast thou not required.6
Then sayd I, Loe, I come: in the volume of the booke it is written of me:
I delight to doe thy will, O my God: yea thy lawe is within my heart.8
I haue preached righteousnesse in the great congregation: loe, I haue not refrained my lippes, O Lord, thou knowest.
I haue not hid thy righteousnesse within my heart, I haue declared thy faithfulnesse and thy saluation: I haue not concealed thy louing kindnesse, and thy truth, from the great congregation.
With-hold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy louing kindnesse, and thy trueth continually preserue me.
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.12
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliuer me: O Lord, make haste to helpe me.
Let them be ashamed and confounded together, that seeke after my soule to destroy it: let them be driuen backward, and put to shame, that wish me euill.14
Let them be desolate, for a reward on their shame, that say vnto me, Aha, aha!
Let all those that seeke thee, reioyce and bee glad in thee: let such as loue thy saluation, say continually, The Lord be magnified.
But I am poore and needy, yet the Lord thinketh vpon me: thou art my helpe and my deliuerer, make no tarrying, O my God.
Psalms Chapter 40 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Heb. in waiting I waited.
2 Heb. a pit of noise.
5 Or, none can order them vnto thee.
6 Psal.51. 16. Esa.1. 11. & 66. 3. Hos.6. 6 Heb. 10. 5. Mat.12.7 , Heb. digged.
8 Heb. in the midst of my bowels.
12 Heb. forsaketh.
14 Psal.34. 5. & 70.3.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania