PSALM 40:14



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“Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.”

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Psalm 40:14 Translation & Meaning

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Let them be ashamed יֵ֘בֹ֤שׁוּ Properly, to pale, i.e., by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed or delayed Let ashamed
and confounded וְיַחְפְּר֨וּ׀ To blush; figuratively, to be ashamed, disappointed; causatively, to shame, reproach confounded
together יַחַד֮ Properly, a unit, i.e., (adverb) unitedly together
that seek after מְבַקְשֵׁ֥י To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after seek
my soul נַפְשִׁ֗י Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) soul
to destroy לִסְפּ֫וֹתָ֥הּ Properly, to scrape (literally, to shave; but usually figuratively) together (i.e., to accumulate or increase) or away (i.e., to scatter, remove, or ruin; intransitively, to perish) destroy
it; let them be driven יִסֹּ֣גוּ Properly, to flinch, i.e., (by implication) to go back, literally (to retreat) or figuratively (to apostatize) let driven
backward אָ֭חוֹר The hinder part; hence (adverb) behind, backward; also (as facing north) the West backward
and put to shame וְיִכָּלְמ֑וּ Properly, to wound; but only figuratively, to taunt or insult put shame
that wish חֲ֝פֵצֵ֗י Pleased with wish
me evil. רָעָתִֽי׃ Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil

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  • 12  For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

  • 13  Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.

  • 14  Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

  • 15  Let them be desolate for a reward 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, The Lord be magnified.

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