PSALM 40:17



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“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.”

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Psalm 40:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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But I וַאֲנִ֤י׀ I But I
am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
poor עָנִ֣י Depressed, in mind or circumstances poor
and needy; וְאֶבְיוֹן֮ Destitute needy
yet (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the Lord אֲדֹנָ֪י The Lord (used as a proper name of God only) Lord
thinketh יַחֲשָׁ֫ב Properly, to plait or interpenetrate, i.e., (literally) to weave or (generally) to fabricate; figuratively, to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense); hence (from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute thinketh
upon me: thou אַ֑תָּה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you upon
art (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
my help עֶזְרָתִ֣י Aid help
and my deliverer; וּמְפַלְטִ֣י To slip out, i.e., escape; causatively, to deliver deliverer
make no אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing make no
tarrying, תְּאַחַֽר׃ To loiter (i.e., be behind); by implication to procrastinate tarrying
O my God. אֱ֝לֹהַ֗י Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative O God

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  • 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.

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