PSALM 40:6



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“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.”

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Psalm 40:6 Translation & Meaning

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Sacrifice זֶ֤בַח Properly, a slaughter, i.e., the flesh of an animal; by implication, a sacrifice (the victim or the act) Sacrifice
and offering וּמִנְחָ֨ה׀ A donation; euphemistically, tribute; specifically a sacrificial offering (usually bloodless and voluntary) offering
thou didst not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles didst not
desire; חָפַ֗צְתָּ Properly, to incline to; by implication (literally but rarely) to bend; figuratively, to be pleased with, desire desire
mine ears אָ֭זְנַיִם Broadness. i.e., (concrete) the ear (from its form in man) ears
hast thou opened: כָּרִ֣יתָ Properly, to dig; figuratively, to plot; generally, to bore or open opened
burnt offering עוֹלָ֥ה A step or (collectively, stairs, as ascending); usually a holocaust (as going up in smoke) burnt offering
and sin offering וַ֝חֲטָאָ֗ה An offence, or a sacrifice for it sin offering
hast thou not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
required. שָׁאָֽלְתָּ׃ To inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand required

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  • 4  Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

  • 5  Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

  • 6  Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

  • 7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

  • 8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

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