Psalm 40

For the end, a Psalm of David.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he attended to me, and hearkened to my supplication. 2 And he brought me up out of a pit of misery, and from miry clay: and he set my feet on a rock, and ordered my goings aright. 3 And he put a new song into my mouth, even a hymn to our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall hope in the Lord. 4 Blessed is the man whose hope is in the name of the Lord, and who has not regarded vanities and false frenzies.

5 O Lord my God, thou hast multiplied thy wonderful works, and in thy thoughts there is none who shall be likened to thee: I declared and spoke of them: they exceeded number. 6 1Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not; but a body hast thou prepared me: whole-burnt-offering and sacrifice for sin thou didst not require. 7 Then I said, Behold, I 2come: in the volume of the book it is written concerning me, 8 I desired to do thy will, O my God, and thy law in the midst of mine heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation; lo! I will not refrain my lips; O Lord, thou knowest my righteousness. 10 I have not hid thy truth within my heart, and I have declared thy salvation; I have not hid thy mercy and thy truth from the great congregation.

11 But thou, Lord, remove not thy compassion far from me; thy mercy and thy truth have helped me continually. 12 For innumerable evils have encompassed me; my transgressions have taken hold of me, and I could not see; they are multiplied


more than the hairs of my head; and my heart has failed me. 13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, draw nigh to help me. 14 Let those that seek my soul, to destroy it, be ashamed and confounded together; let those that wish me evil be turned backward and put to shame. 15 Let those that say to me, Aha, aha, quickly receive shame for their reward. 16 Let all those that seek thee, O Lord, exult and rejoice in thee; and let them that love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified. 17 But I am poor and needy; the Lord will take care of me; thou art my helper, and my defender, O my God, delay not.

Psalm 41

For the end, a Psalm of David.

1 Blessed is the man who thinks, on the poor and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in an evil day. 2 May the Lord preserve him and keep him alive, and bless him on the earth, and not deliver him into the hands of his enemy. 3 May the Lord help him upon the bed of his pain; thou hast made all his bed in his sickness.

4 I said, O Lord, have mercy upon me; heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. 5 Mine enemies have spoken evil against me, saying, When shall he die, and his name perish? 6 And if he came to see me, his heart spoke vainly; he gathered iniquity to himself; he went forth and spoke in like manner. 7 All my enemies whispered against me; against me they devised my hurt. 8 They denounced a wicked word against me, saying, Now that he lies, shall he not rise up again? 9 For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, 3who ate my bread, lifted up his heel against me.

10 But thou, O Lord, have compassion upon me, and raise me up, and I shall requite them. 11 By this I know that thou hast delighted in me, because mine enemy shall not rejoice over me. 12 But thou didst help me because of mine innocence, and hast established me before thee for ever. 13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. So be it, so be it.

1 Heb. 10. 5, 6.

2 Or, am come.

3 John 13. 18.


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