40 I waited patiently for the Lord. He ·turned [bent down; inclined; stooped] to me and heard my cry. 2 He ·lifted [drew] me out of the pit of ·destruction [or desolation], out of the ·sticky mud [miry/muddy pit/bog/swamp]. He ·stood me [L placed my feet] on a rock and made my ·feet [L step] steady. 3 He put a new song [C celebrating victory; 33:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Is. 42:10; Rev. 5:9; 14:3] in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many people will see this and ·worship [fear] him. Then they will ·trust [find refuge in] the Lord.
4 ·Happy [Blessed] is the person who ·trusts [finds refuge in] the Lord, who doesn’t turn to those who are proud or to those who ·worship [go astray to] ·false gods [L a lie]. 5 Lord my God, you have done many ·miracles [wonders; great acts]. Your plans for us are many. If I tried to tell them all, there would be too many to count [104:24; 139:17–18; John 21:25].
6 You do not want sacrifices and ·offerings [grain offerings; or gifts; tribute; Lev. 2:1]. But you have ·made a hole in [or pierced; L dug] my ear [C to make him hear better or perhaps a reference to the ritual that made one a slave forever; Ex. 21:6; Heb. 10:5–7]. You do not ask for burnt offerings [Lev. 1:1–17] and ·sin [or purification] offerings [Lev. 4:3]. 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. It is written about me in the ·book [scroll]. 8 My God, I ·want [delight; take pleasure] to do ·what you want [your pleasure]. Your ·teachings [instructions; laws] are in my heart.”
9 I will tell ·about your goodness [the good news] in the great ·meeting of your people [assembly]. Lord, you know ·my lips are not silent [L I have not restrained my lips]. 10 I do not hide your ·goodness [righteousness] in my heart; I speak about your ·loyalty [faithfulness] and ·salvation [victory]. I do not hide your ·love [loyalty] and ·truth [faithfulness] from the people in the great ·meeting [assembly].
11 Lord, do not ·hold back [restrain] your ·mercy [compassion] from me; let your ·love [loyalty] and ·truth [faithfulness] always protect me. 12 ·Troubles [Evils] have surrounded me; ·there are too many to count [L without number]. My ·sins [iniquities] have ·caught [overtaken] me so that I cannot see [C a way to escape]. I have more ·sins [iniquities] than hairs on my head, and ·I have lost my courage [L my heart fails/abandons/forsakes me]. 13 ·Please [L Be pleased], Lord, ·save [rescue; T deliver] me. Hurry, Lord, to help me. 14 People are ·trying to kill me [L seeking my life]. Shame them and disgrace them. People want to hurt me. Let them ·run away [be turned back] in disgrace. 15 People are ·making fun of me [L saying to me, “Aha! Aha!”]. Let them be ·shamed into silence [L devastated by their own shame]. 16 But let those who ·follow [L seek] you be happy and glad. They love you for ·saving [delivering] them. May they always say, “·Praise [Magnify; Great is] the Lord!”
17 Lord, because I am poor and ·helpless [needy], please ·remember [L think of; consider] me. You are my helper and ·savior [rescuer; T deliverer]. My God, do not ·wait [delay].
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