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Psalm 40 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 40

I Desire to Do Your Will
(Psalm 40:13-17 parallels Psalm 70)

For the choir director. By David. A psalm.

Messiah’s Prayer of Thanks

I waited and waited for the Lord.
Then he turned to me and heard my cry.
Then he pulled me up from the deadly quicksand,
from the mud and muck.
He made my feet stand on a rock to keep my steps from slipping.
Then he put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear.
They will trust in the Lord.

How blessed is everyone who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud
or to those who turn aside to falsehood.
Many are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.
No one can explain to you all your thoughts for us.[a]
If I try to speak and tell about them,
they are too many to count.

Messiah’s Willing Sacrifice

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire.
Ears you have opened for me.[b]
You did not ask for burnt offerings and sin offerings.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come.
The book written on a scroll tells about me.
My God, I take pleasure in doing your will.
Your law[c] is in my heart.”

Messiah’s Preaching of Good News

I preach righteousness in the great assembly.
Indeed, I do not hold back my lips, O Lord, as you know.
10 I do not conceal your righteousness deep in my heart.
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not hide your mercy and your truth from the great assembly.

Messiah’s Prayer in Distress

11 Lord, you do not hold back your compassion from me.
Let your mercy and your truth always protect me,
12 although troubles without number surround me.
Punishments for my guilt have smothered me, so I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head, so my courage deserts me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to save me.
Lord, hurry to help me.
14 Let all who seek to end my life be frustrated and completely confused.[d]
Let everyone who desires my ruin be turned back and disgraced.
15 Let those who say to me, “Aha! We got you!” be dismayed,
because they have been put to shame.
16 But let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation always say,
“The Lord is great!”
17 Yet I am poor and needy.
May the Lord think about me.
You are my help and my deliverer.
O my God, do not delay.


  1. Psalm 40:5 The meaning of this line is uncertain.
  2. Psalm 40:6 The Greek text of this psalm and Hebrews 10:5 read a body you have prepared for me. This seems to be an interpretive paraphrase that makes a general application (to the whole body) of the more specific point of the Hebrew (to the ears).
  3. Psalm 40:8 Law here is used in its wide sense, God’s whole Word.
  4. Psalm 40:14 Or be ashamed and completely humiliated
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.


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