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Song of Praise. Psalm 40(v39)
1 I waited, waited for the LORD,
he bent down to me and heard my cry.

 
2 He brought me up out of the muddy pit,
out of the mire and the clay;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm footing;
 
3 and on my lips he put a new song,
a song of praise to our God.
Many when they see will be filled with awe
and will learn to trust in the LORD:
 
4 happy is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
and does not look to brutal and treacherous men.
 
5 Great things thou hast done,
O LORD my God;
thy wonderful purposes are all for our good;
none can compare with thee;
I would proclaim them and speak of them,
but they are more than I can tell.
 
6 If thou hadst desired sacrifice and offering
thou wouldst have given me ears to hear.
If thou hadst asked for whole-offering and sin-offering
 
7 I would have said, 'Here I am prob. rdg, Heb adds in a scroll of a book it is prescribed for me.'
 
8 My desire is to do thy will, O God,
and thy law is in my heart.
 
9 In the great assembly I have proclaimed what is right,
I do not hold back my words,
as thou knowest, O LORD.
 
10 I have not kept thy goodness hidden in my heart;
I have proclaimed thy faithfulness and saving power,
and not concealed thy unfailing love and truth
from the great assembly.
 
11 Thou, O LORD, dost not withhold
thy tender care from me;
thy unfailing love and truth for ever guard me.

 
12 For misfortunes beyond counting
press on me from all sides;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and my sight fails;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
and my courage forsakes me.
 
13 vv13-17: cp Ps. 70.1-5 Show me favour, O LORD, and save me;
hasten to help me, O LORD.
 
1400 Let those who seek to take my life
be put to shame and dismayed one and all;
let all who love to hurt me shrink back disgraced;
 
15 let those who cry 'Hurrah!' at my downfall
be horrified at their reward of shame.
 
16 But let all those who seek thee
be jubilant and rejoice in thee;
and let those who long for thy saving help ever cry,
'All glory to the LORD!'

 
17 But I am poor and needy;
O Lord, think of me O Lord ... me: prob. rdg, Heb may the Lord think of me.
Thou art my help and my salvation;
O my God, make no delay.

 
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