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Psalms 40:1

    Psalms 40:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I waited patiently for Jehovah; And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm.> When I was waiting quietly for the Lord, his heart was turned to me, and he gave ear to my cry.

    Webster's Revision

    I waited patiently for Jehovah; And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

    World English Bible

    I waited patiently for Yahweh. He turned to me, and heard my cry.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 40:1

    I waited patiently for the Lord - The two preceding Psalms are proofs of the patience and resignation with which David waited for the mercy of God. The reader is requested to consult the notes on them.

    And heard my cry - The two preceding Psalms show how he prayed and waited; this shows how he succeeded.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 40:1

    I waited patiently for the Lord - Margin, as in Hebrew, "In waiting I waited." That is, "I continued to wait." It was not a single, momentary act of expectation or hope; it was continuous; or, was persevered in. The idea is, that his prayer was not answered at once, but that it was answered after he had made repeated prayers, or when it seemed as if his prayers would not be answered. It is earnest, persevering prayer that is referred to; it is continued supplication and hope when there seemed to be no answer to prayer, and no prospect that it would be answered.

    And he inclined unto me - That is, ultimately he heard and answered me; or he turned himself favorably toward me, as the result of "persevering" prayer. The word "inclined" here means properly "bowed;" that is, he "bent forward" to hearken, or to place his ear near my mouth and to hear me. At first, he seemed as one that would not hear; as one that throws his head backward or turns his head away. Ultimately, however, he bent forward to receive my prayer.

    And heard my cry - The cry or supplication which I made for help; the cry which I directed to him in the depth of my sorrows and my danger, Psalm 40:2. As applied to the Redeemer, this would refer to the fact that in his sorrows, in the deep sorrows connected with the work of redemption, he persevered in calling on God, and that God heard him, and raised him up to glory and joy. See Matthew 26:36-46. Compare the notes at Hebrews 5:7. The time supposed to be referred to, is after his sufferings were closed; after his work was done; "after" he rose from the dead. It is the language of grateful remembrance which we may suppose he uttered in the review of the amazing sorrows through which he had passed in making the atonement, and in the recollection that God had kept him in those sorrows, and had brought him up from such a depth of woe to such a height of glory.