King James Version

Psalm 40

1I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

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.

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.

Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

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.

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

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.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 40

Psalm 40

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

I was patient while I waited for the Lord.
    He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
I was sliding down into the pit of death, and he pulled me out.
    He brought me up out of the mud and dirt.
He set my feet on a rock.
    He gave me a firm place to stand on.
He gave me a new song to sing.
    It is a hymn of praise to our God.
Many people will see and have respect for the Lord.
    They will put their trust in him.

Blessed is the person
    who trusts in the Lord.
They don’t trust in proud people.
    Those proud people worship statues of gods.
Lord my God,
    no one can compare with you.
You have done many wonderful things.
    You have planned to do these things for us.
There are too many of them
    for me to talk about.

You didn’t want sacrifices and offerings.
    You didn’t require burnt offerings and sin offerings.
    You opened my ears so that I could hear you and obey you.
Then I said, “Here I am.
    It is written about me in the book.
My God, I have come to do what you want.
    Your law is in my heart.”

I have told the whole community of those who worship you.
    I have told them what you have done to save me.
Lord, you know
    that I haven’t kept quiet.
10 I haven’t kept to myself that what you did for me was right.
    I have spoken about how faithful you were when you saved me.
I haven’t hidden your love and your faithfulness
    from the whole community.

11 Lord, don’t hold back your mercy from me.
    May your love and faithfulness always keep me safe.
12 There are more troubles all around me than I can count.
    My sins have caught up with me, and I can’t see any longer.
My sins are more than the hairs of my head.
    I have lost all hope.

13 Lord, please save me.
    Lord, come quickly to help me.
14 Let all those who are trying to kill me be put to shame.
    Let them lose their way.
Let all those who want to destroy me
    be turned back in shame.
15 Some people make fun of me.
    Let them be shocked when their plans fail.
16 But let all those who seek you
    be joyful and glad because of what you have done.
Let those who count on you to save them always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

17 But I am poor and needy.
    May the Lord be concerned about me.
You are the God who helps me and saves me.
    You are my God, so don’t wait any longer.