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Psalm 40

 
Expectans expectavi
 

I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me, and heard my calling. He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay, and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even a thanksgiving unto our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Lord, and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies. O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which thou hast done, like as be also thy thoughts, which are to us-ward; and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee. If I should declare them, and speak of them, they should be more than I am able to express.

Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldest not, but mine ears hast thou opened. Burnt offerings and sacrifice for sin hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come; in the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O my God. I am content to do it; yea, thy law is within my heart. I have declared thy righteousness in the great congregation; lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; my talk hath been of thy truth, and of thy salvation. I have not kept back thy loving mercy and truth from the great congregation. Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord; let thy loving-kindness and thy truth always preserve me.

For innumerable troubles are come about me; my sins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up. Yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me. O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me; make haste, O Lord, to help me. Let them be ashamed, and confounded together, that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil. Let them be desolate, and rewarded with shame, that say unto me, Fie upon thee! We upon thee! Let all those that seek thee, be joyful and glad in thee; and let such as love thy salvation, say always, The Lord be praised.

As for me, I am poor and needy; but the Lord careth for me. Thou art my helper and redeemer; make no long tarrying, O my God.

The coverdale translation edited by W.S. Peterson and Valerie Macys — used with permission.
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