PSALM 40:15



To get what Psalm 40:15 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity.

“Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.”

Low popularity: 20 searches a month
Popularity relative to other verses in Psalm chapter 40 using average monthly Google searches.

Psalm 40:15 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
This is a simplified translation of the original Hebrew word. Follow the buttons on the right to get more detail.
Use the buttons below to get details on the Hebrew word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word.
Let them be desolate יָ֭שֹׁמּוּ To stun (or intransitively, grow numb), i.e., devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense) Let desolate
for עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications for
a reward עֵ֣קֶב A heel, i.e., (figuratively) the last of anything (used adverbially, for ever); also result, i.e., compensation; and so (adverb with preposition or relatively) on account of reward
of their shame בָּשְׁתָּ֑ם Shame (the feeling and the condition, as well as its cause); by implication (specifically) an idol shame
that say הָאֹמְרִ֥ים To say (used with great latitude) say
unto me, Aha, הֶאָ֥ח׀ Aha! Aha
aha. הֶאָֽח׃ Aha! aha

Verse Context

See Psalm 40:15 with its adjacent verses in bold below. Follow either of the two large buttons below to see these verses in their broader context of the King James Bible or a Bible concordance.

Very High
Verse Search Popularity Levels What do people search for?

Use the scale on the left to tell how often the verses below are googled compared to each other.

Very Low
  • 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.

  • 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.

Psalms Wikipedia Article


The King James Bible (1611) and Strong's Concordance (1890) with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are sourced from the BibleForgeDB database ( within the BibleForge project ( Popularity rankings are based on search volume data from the Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool.

Share This Page:

Popular Bible Topics What does the Bible say about...?

Most Searched Bible Verses
Translations, Meanings, Complete Red Letter Bible
Words of God in dark red
Words of Jesus in light red