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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Psalms 40:1-17

To the director. Of David, a melody. 40  I earnestly hoped in Jehovah,+ And so he inclined [his ear] to me and heard my cry for help.+   He also proceeded to bring me up out of a roaring pit,+ Out of the mire of [the] sediment.+ Then he raised up my feet upon a crag;+ He firmly established my steps.+   Further, he put in my mouth a new song, Praise to our God.+ Many will see [it] and will fear,+ And they will trust in Jehovah.+   Happy is the able-bodied man* that has put Jehovah as his trust+ And that has not turned his face to defiant people, Nor to those falling away to lies.+   Many things you yourself have done,+ O Jehovah my God, even your wonderful works and your thoughts toward us;+ There is none to be compared to you.+ Were I inclined to tell and speak [of them], They have become more numerous than I can recount.+   Sacrifice and offering you did not delight in;+ These ears of mine you opened up.*+ Burnt offering and sin offering you did not ask for.+   In view of that, I said: “Here I have come,+ In the roll of the book it being written about me.+   To do your will,* O my God, I have delighted,+ And your law is within my inward parts.+   I have told the good news* of righteousness in the big congregation.*+ Look! My lips I do not restrain.+ O Jehovah, you yourself know that well.+ 10  Your righteousness I have not covered over within my heart.+ Your faithfulness and your salvation I have declared.+ I have not hidden your loving-kindness* and your trueness in* the big congregation.”+ 11  You yourself, O Jehovah, do not restrain your pity from me.+ Let your loving-kindness and your trueness themselves constantly safeguard me.+ 12  For calamities encircled me until there was no numbering of them.+ More errors of mine overtook me than I was able to see;+ They became more numerous than the hairs of my head,+ And my own heart left me.+ 13  Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me.+ O Jehovah, to my assistance do make haste.+ 14  May those be ashamed and abashed all together+ Who are seeking my soul to sweep it away.+ May those turn back and be humiliated who are delighting in my calamity.+ 15  Let those stare in amazement in consequence of their shame+ Who are saying to me: “Aha! Aha!”+ 16  Let those exult and rejoice in you,+ All those who are seeking you.+ Let those say constantly: “May Jehovah be magnified,”+ Those who are loving salvation by you.+ 17  But I am afflicted and poor.+ Jehovah* himself takes account of me.+ You are my assistance and the Provider of escape for me.+ O my God, do not be too late.+


“The able-bodied man.” Heb., hag·ge′ver.
“Sacrifice and offering you did not want, but you prepared a body for me,” LXXא,A,B. Lit., “ears you excavated for me,” M. Compare Heb 10:5.
Or, “pleasure.”
“I have told the good news of.” Heb., bis·sar′ti; Gr., eu·eg·ge·li·sa′men.
See 35:18 ftn.
Or, “loyal love.”
“In,” T and many Heb. mss; M, “to”; LXXSyVg, “from.”
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.