Psalms 40



1 To the victor; of David, a psalm.
2 Waiting, I waited·​·for Jehovah;
and He inclined unto me and heard my outcry;

2 3 and He brought· me ·up from the pit of vastation, from the mud of the mire;
and He raised·​·up my foot upon a rock; He established my steps.

3 4 And He gave in my mouth a new song, praise to our God;
many shall see, and fear, and shall trust in Jehovah.

4 5 Happy is the mighty·​·man who sets Jehovah as his trust,
and turns· not his ·face to those who bear· themselves ·up, nor to those who turn·​·aside·​·to a lie.

5 6 Many are Thy wonders and Thy thoughts toward us, which Thou, O Jehovah my God, hast done;
there is none to be valued with Thee;
I will tell and speak of them; they are· more ·numerous than can be numbered.

6 7 In sacrifice and gift·​·offering, Thou dost not delight; thou hast unplugged* my ears for me;
For burnt·​·offering and a sacrifice for sin, Thou hast not asked.

7 8 Then said I, Behold I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written concerning me,

8 9 I delight to do Thy good·​·pleasure, O my God;
and Thy law is in the midst of my bowels.

9 10 I have published justice in the great assembly;
behold, I do not hold·​·back my lips;
O Jehovah, Thou knowest.

10 11 I have not covered Thy justice in the midst of my heart; I have talked·​·of Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation;
I have not concealed Thy mercy and Thy truth from the great assembly.

11 12 Thou, O Jehovah, wilt not hold·​·back Thy compassions from me;
let Thy mercy and Thy truth continually preserve me.

12 13 For evils have enclosed me until they are without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me, and I am· not ·able to see;
they are· more ·numerous than the hairs of my head,
and my heart has forsaken me.

13 14 Be well·​·pleased, O Jehovah, to rescue me;
Jehovah, hurry to my help.

14 15 Let those be·​·ashamed and blush together, who seek·​·after my soul to consume it;
let them be turned·​·away backward and be humiliated who delight when evil befalls me.

15 16 Let them be·​·desolate in consequence of their shame,
who say to me, Aha, aha.

16 17 Let all those who seek Thee have·​·joy and be·​·glad in Thee;
let those who love Thy salvation say continually, Jehovah be magnified.

17 18 But I am afflicted and needy; the Lord will think upon me;
my Help and my Deliverer art Thou; O my God, delay not!

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.