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Psalm 40

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

making my steps secure.

3He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

and put their trust in the Lord.

4Blessed is the man who makes

the Lord his trust,

who does not turn to the proud,

to those who go astray after a lie!

5You have multiplied, O Lord my God,

your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;

none can compare with you!

I will proclaim and tell of them,

yet they are more than can be told.

6In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,

but you have given me an open ear.1

Burnt offering and sin offering

you have not required.

7Then I said, “Behold, I have come;

in the scroll of the book it is written of me:

8I delight to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.”

9I have told the glad news of deliverance2

in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

as you know, O Lord.

10I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

from the great congregation.

11As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain

your mercy from me;

your steadfast love and your faithfulness will

ever preserve me!

12For evils have encompassed me

beyond number;

my iniquities have overtaken me,

and I cannot see;

they are more than the hairs of my head;

my heart fails me.

13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!

O Lord, make haste to help me!

14Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether

who seek to snatch away my life;

let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

who delight in my hurt!

15Let those be appalled because of their shame

who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16But may all who seek you

rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who love your salvation

say continually, “Great is the Lord!”

17As for me, I am poor and needy,

but the Lord takes thought for me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

do not delay, O my God!

Footnotes

  • 1 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me
  • 2 40:9 Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10

Psalm 41

O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1Blessed is the one who considers the poor!1

In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;

2the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;

he is called blessed in the land;

you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.

3The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;

in his illness you restore him to full health.2

4As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;

heal me,3 for I have sinned against you!”

5My enemies say of me in malice,

“When will he die, and his name perish?”

6And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,

while his heart gathers iniquity;

when he goes out, he tells it abroad.

7All who hate me whisper together about me;

they imagine the worst for me.4

8They say, “A deadly thing is poured out5 on him;

he will not rise again from where he lies.”

9Even my close friend in whom I trusted,

who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

10But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,

and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11By this I know that you delight in me:

my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.

12But you have upheld me because of my integrity,

and set me in your presence forever.

13Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting!

Amen and Amen.

Footnotes

  • 1 41:1 Or weak
  • 2 41:3 Hebrew you turn all his bed
  • 3 41:4 Hebrew my soul
  • 4 41:7 Or they devise evil against me
  • 5 41:8 Or has fastened