PSALM 40:9



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“I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.”

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Psalm 40:9 Translation & Meaning

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I have preached בִּשַּׂ֤רְתִּי Properly, to be fresh, i.e., full (rosy, figuratively cheerful); to announce (glad news) preached
righteousness צֶ֨דֶק׀ The right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity righteousness
in the great רָ֗ב Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) great
congregation: בְּקָ֘הָ֤ל Assemblage (usually concretely) congregation
lo, הִנֵּ֣ה Lo! lo
I have not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
refrained אֶכְלָ֑א To restrict, by act (hold back or in) or word (prohibit) refrained
my lips, שְׂ֭פָתַי The lip (as a natural boundary); by implication, language; by analogy, a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.) lips
O Lord, יְ֝הוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God O Lord
thou אַתָּ֥ה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
knowest. יָדָֽעְתָּ׃ To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) knowest

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  • 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.

  • 9  I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

  • 10  I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

  • 11  Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

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