To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.
391I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.39.1 my mouth…: Heb. a bridle, or, muzzle for my mouth
2I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.39.2 stirred: Heb. troubled
3My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.39.4 how…: or, what time I have here
5Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.39.5 at…: Heb. settled
6Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.39.6 a vain…: Heb. an image
7And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
8Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
9I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
10Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.39.10 blow: Heb. conflict
11When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.39.11 his…: Heb. that which is to be desired in him to melt away
12Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
401I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.40.1 I waited…: Heb. In waiting I waited
2He 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.40.2 an…: Heb. a pit of noise
3And 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.
4Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5Many, 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.40.5 they cannot…: or, none can order them unto thee
6Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.40.6 opened: Heb. digged
7Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.40.8 within…: Heb. in the midst of my bowels
9I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
10I 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.
11Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
12For 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.40.12 faileth: Heb. forsaketh
13Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
14Let 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.
15Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.
16Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
17But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
411Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.41.1 the poor: or, the weak, or, sick41.1 in time…: Heb. in the day of evil
2The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.41.2 thou…: or, do not thou deliver
3The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.41.3 make: Heb. turn
4I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
5Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
6And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
7All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.41.7 my…: Heb. evil to me
8An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.41.8 An…: Heb. A thing of Belial
9Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.41.9 mine…: Heb. the man of my peace41.9 lifted…: Heb. magnified
10But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
11By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
13Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.