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Chapter 40

40:1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.

40:2 I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

40:3 He brought me up also out of the tumultuous pit, out of the miry clay; and He set my feet upon a rock, He established my goings.

40:4 And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

40:5 Happy is the man that hath made the Lord his trust, and hath not turned unto the arrogant, nor unto such as fall away treacherously.

40:6 Many things hast Thou done, O the Lord my God, even Thy wonderful works, and Thy thoughts toward us; there is none to be compared unto Thee! If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be told.

40:7 Sacrifice and meal-offering Thou hast no delight in; mine ears hast Thou opened; burnt-offering and sin-offering hast Thou not required.

40:8 Then said I: 'Lo, I am come with the roll of a book which is prescribed for me;

40:9 I delight to do Thy will, O my God; yea, Thy law is in my inmost parts.'

40:10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation, lo, I did not refrain my lips; O the Lord, Thou knowest.

40:11 I have not hid Thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation; I have not concealed Thy mercy and Thy truth from the great congregation.

40:12 Thou, O the Lord, wilt not withhold Thy compassions from me; let Thy mercy and Thy truth continually preserve me.

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.

40:14 Be pleased, O the Lord, to deliver me; O the Lord, make haste to help me.

40:15 Let them be ashamed and abashed together that seek after my soul to sweep it away; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion that delight in my hurt.

40:16 Let them be appalled by reason of their shame that say unto me: 'Aha, aha.'

40:17 Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; let such as love Thy salvation say continually: 'The the Lord be magnified.'

40:18 But, as for me, that am poor and needy, the Lord will account it unto me; Thou art my help and my deliverer; O my God, tarry not.

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