1 To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm.
2 40:1When I was waiting quietly for the Lord, his heart was turned to me, and he gave ear to my cry.
3 40:2He took me up out of a deep waste place, out of the soft and sticky earth; he put my feet on a rock, and made my steps certain.
4 40:3And he put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; numbers have seen it with fear, and put their faith in the Lord.
5 40:4Happy is the man who has faith in the Lord, and does not give honour to the men of pride or to those who are turned away to deceit.
6 40:5O Lord my God, great are the wonders which you have done in your thought for us; it is not possible to put them out in order before you; when I would give an account of them, their number is greater than I may say.
7 40:6You had no desire for offerings of beasts or fruits of the earth; ears you made for me: for burned offerings and sin offerings you made no request.
8 40:7Then I said, See, I come; it is recorded of me in the roll of the book,
9 40:8My delight is to do your pleasure, O my God; truly, your law is in my heart.
10 40:9I have given news of righteousness in the great meeting; O Lord, you have knowledge that I have not kept back my words.
11 40:10Your righteousness has not been folded away in my heart; I have made clear your true word and your salvation; I have not kept secret your mercy or your faith from the great meeting.
12 40:11Take not away your gentle mercies from me, O Lord; let your mercy and your faith keep me safe for ever.
13 40:12For unnumbered evils are round about me; my sins have overtaken me, so that I am bent down with their weight; they are more than the hairs of my head, my strength is gone because of them.
14 40:13Be pleased, O Lord, to take me out of danger; O Lord, come quickly and give me help.
15 40:14Let those who go after my soul for its destruction have shame and trouble together; let them be turned back and made foolish who take pleasure in my trouble.
16 40:15Let those who say to me, Aha, aha! be surprised because of their shame.
17 40:16Let all those who are looking for you be glad and have joy in you; let the lovers of your salvation ever say, May the Lord be great.
18 40:17Though I am poor and in need, the Lord has me in mind; you are my help and my saviour; let there be no waiting, O my God.