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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
A Sacrifice of Praise, and Prayer for Help
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
[1]  I WAITED patiently for Jehovah;
And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
[2]  He brought me up also out of a 1 horrible pit, out of the miry clay;
And he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
[3]  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
Many shall see it, and fear,
And shall trust in Jehovah.
[4]  Blessed is the man that maketh Jehovah his trust,
And respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn 2 aside to lies.
[5]  Many, O Jehovah my God, are the wonderful works which thou hast done,
And thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
They 3 cannot be set in order unto thee;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.
[6]  Sacrifice and offering 4 thou hast no delight in;
Mine 5 ears hast thou opened:
Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required.
[7]  Then said I, Lo, I am come;
In the roll of the book it is written 6 of me:
[8]  I delight to do thy will, O my God;
Yea, thy law is within my heart.
[9]  I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great assembly;
Lo, I will not refrain my lips,
O Jehovah, thou knowest.
[10]  I 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 assembly.
[11]  Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Jehovah;
Let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
[12]  For innumerable evils have compassed me about;
Mine iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up;
They are more than the hairs of my head;
And my heart hath failed 7 me.
[13]  Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me:
Make haste to help me, O Jehovah.
[14]  Let them be put to shame and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it:
Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor
That delight in my hurt.
[15]  Let them be desolate 8 by 9 reason of their shame
That say unto me, Aha, aha.
[16]  Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:
Let such as love thy salvation say continually,
Jehovah be magnified.
[17]  But I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinketh upon me:
Thou art my help and my deliverer;
Make no tarrying, O my God.
Note 1. Heb. a pit of tumult (or, destruction). [back]
Note 2. Or, fall away treacherously. [back]
Note 3. Or, There is none to be compared unto thee. [back]
Note 4. Or, meal-offering. [back]
Note 5. Heb. Ears hast thou digged (or, pierced) for me. [back]
Note 6. Or, prescribed to. [back]
Note 7. Heb. forsaken. [back]
Note 8. Or, astonished. [back]
Note 9. Or, for a reward of. [back]


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