Psalms 40
Written About Me in the Scroll
1For the music director, a psalm of David.
2I waited patiently for Adonai. He bent down to me and heard my cry.
3He brought me up out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. Then He set my feet on a rock. He made my steps firm.
4He put a new song in my mouth— a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and trust in Adonai.
5Blessed is the one who put his confidence in Adonai, who has not turned to the arrogant, nor to those who fall into falsehood.
6Many things You have done, Adonai my God —Your plans for us are wonderful— there is none to be compared to You! If I were to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to count!
7Sacrifice and offering You did not desire —my ears You have opened— burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
8Then I said: “Here I am, I have come— in the scroll of a book it is written about me.
9I delight to do Your will, O my God. Yes, Your Torah is within my being.”
10I proclaim good news of righteousness in the great assembly. Behold, I am not shutting my lips— Adonai, You know!
11I did not hide Your righteousness within my heart. Rather I declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I did not conceal Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.
12Adonai, do not withhold Your compassions from me. Let Your mercy and Your truth always protect me.
13For evils beyond number surround me, my sins have overtaken me —I cannot see— they are more than the hairs of my head —and my heart fails me.
14Adonai, please deliver me! Adonai, come quickly to help me!
15Let those who seek my life to sweep it away be put to shame and humiliated. Let those who wish me evil be turned back in disgrace.
16Let those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled over their own shame.
17Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You. Let those who love Your salvation continually say: “Adonai be magnified!”
18But I—I am poor and needy— yet my Lord is mindful of me. You are my help and my deliverer— O my God, do not delay!

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