To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
King James Version of the
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and
heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry
clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth
not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,
and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in
order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more
than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou
opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my
9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I
have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared
thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy
lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy
lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities
have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are
more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my
soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame
that wish me evil.
15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto
me, Aha, aha.
16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let
such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art
my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
2. John Gill's Exposition of the
Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/psalm/gill/psalm40.htm
3. Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary - Vol 3 p. 730