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Psalm 40 by Alexander Maclaren

Psalm 40 by Alexander Maclaren

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PSALM XL.

1 Waiting, I waited for Jehovah,

And He bent to me and heard my [loud] cry.
PSALM XL.

1 Waiting, I waited for Jehovah,

And He bent to me and heard my [loud] cry.

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PSALM 40 BY ALEXADER MACLAREPSALM XL.1 Waiting, I waited for Jehovah,And He bent to me and heard my [loud] cry.2 And lifted me from the pit of destruction,From the mire of the bog,And set my feet on a rock — Established my steps,3 And put in my mouth a new song,Praise unto our God.Many shall see and fear,And trust in Jehovah.4 Blessed is the man who has made Jehovah his trust,And has not turned [away] to the proud and deserters to a lie.5 In multitudes hast Thou wrought, Jehovah, my God ;Thy wonders and Thy purposes towards us — There is none to be set beside Thee — Should I declare them and speak them,They surpass numbering.6 Sacrifice and meal-offering Thou didst not delight in— Ears hast Thou pierced for me — Burnt-offering and sin-offering Thou didst not demand.7 Then I said, Behold, I am come — In the roll of the book it is prescribed to me— 
 
8 To do Thy pleasure, my God, I delight,And Thy law is within my inmost parts.9 I proclaimed glad tidings of Thy righteousness in the great con-gregation ;Behold, my lips I did not restrain,Jehovah, Thou knowest.10 Thy righteousness did I not hide within my heart JThy faithfulness and Thy salvation did I speak ;I concealed not Thy loving-kindness and Thy truth from the greatcongregation.>4xl.] THE PSALMS 1511 Thou, Jehovah, wilt not restrain Thy compassions from me;Thy loving-kindness and Thy troth will continually preserve me.12 For evils beyond numbering have compassed me ;My iniquities have overtaken me, and I am not able to see:They surpass the hairs of my head,And my heart has forsaken me.13 Be pleased, Jehovah, to deliver me;Jehovah, hasten to my help.14 Shamed and put to the blush together be the seekers after mysoul to carry it away !Turned back and dishonoured be they who delight in my calamity !15 Paralysed by reason of their shameBe they who say to me, Oho ! Oho !
 
16 Joyful and glad in Thee be all who seek Thee !Jehovah be magnified, may they ever say who love Thy salvation I17 But as for me, I am afflicted and needy;The Lord purposes [good] for me :My Help and my Deliverer art Thou;My God, delay not.THE closing verses of this psalm reappear withslight changes as an independent whole inPsalm lxx. The question arises whether that is afragment or this a conglomerate. Modern opinioninclines to the latter alternative, and points in supportto the obvious change of tone in the second part. Butthat change does not coincide with the supposed line of  junction, since Psalm lxx. begins with our ver. 13, andthe change begins with ver. 12. Cheyne and othersare therefore obliged to suppose that ver. 12 is thework of a third poet or compiler, who effected a junctionthereby. The cumbrousness of the hypothesis of fusionis plain, and its necessity is not apparent, for it isresorted to in order to explain how a psalm which keepsso lofty a level of confidence at first should drop tosuch keen consciousness of innumerable evils andsuch faint-heartedness. But surely such resurrectionof apparently dead fears is not uncommon in devout,16 THE PSALMSsensitive souls. They live beneath April skies, notunbroken blue. However many the wonderful workswhich God has done and however full of thankfulnessthe singer's heart, his deliverance is not complete. Thecontrast in the two parts of the psalm is true to facts

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