Psalm 40:2
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New International Version
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

New Living Translation
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

English Standard Version
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

New American Standard Bible
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

King James Bible
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.

International Standard Version
He plucked me out of a pit of confusion, even out of the quicksand; he placed my feet on a rock and established my steps.

NET Bible
He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing.

New Heart English Bible
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. He set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he brought me up from the pit of misery and from the mire of destruction; he set my feet upon a rock and he has made my ways ready.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He pulled me out of a horrible pit, out of the mud and clay. He set my feet on a rock and made my steps secure.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He brought me up also out of the tumultuous pit, out of the miry clay; And He set my feet upon a rock, He established my goings.

New American Standard 1977
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay;
            And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He brought me up also out of the pit of hopelessness, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and straightened my steps.

King James 2000 Bible
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.

American King James Version
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my goings.

American Standard Version
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay; And he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he heard my prayers, and brought me out of the pit of misery and the mire of dregs. And he set my feet upon a rock, and directed my steps.

Darby Bible Translation
And he brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock; he hath established my goings:

English Revised Version
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay; and he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Webster's Bible Translation
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

World English Bible
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. He set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand.

Young's Literal Translation
And He doth cause me to come up From a pit of desolation -- from mire of mud, And He raiseth up on a rock my feet, He is establishing my steps.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
40:1-5 Doubts and fears about the eternal state, are a horrible pit and miry clay, and have been so to many a dear child of God. There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and grace enough to help the unworthiest of all that trust in him. The psalmist waited patiently; he continued believing, hoping, and praying. This is applicable to Christ. His agony, in the garden and on the cross, was a horrible pit and miry clay. But those that wait patiently for God do not wait in vain. Those that have been under religious melancholy, and by the grace of God have been relieved, may apply ver. 2 very feelingly to themselves; they are brought up out of a horrible pit. Christ is the Rock on which a poor soul can alone stand fast. Where God has given stedfast hope, he expects there should be a steady, regular walk and conduct. God filled the psalmist with joy, as well as peace in believing. Multitudes, by faith beholding the sufferings and glory of Christ, have learned to fear the justice and trust in the mercy of God through Him. Many are the benefits with which we are daily loaded, both by the providence and by the grace of God.
Study Bible
I Waited Patiently for the Lord
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:9
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.

Psalm 18:29
For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.

Psalm 26:12
My foot stands on a level place; In the congregations I shall bless the LORD.

Psalm 27:5
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

Psalm 37:23
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

Psalm 69:2
I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me.

Psalm 69:14
Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink; May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters.

Psalm 119:5
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!

Jeremiah 38:6
Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchijah the king's son, which was in the court of the guardhouse; and they let Jeremiah down with ropes. Now in the cistern there was no water but only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.
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He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my goings.

brought

Psalm 18:16,17 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters…

Psalm 71:20 You, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken …

Psalm 86:13 For great is your mercy toward me: and you have delivered my soul …

Psalm 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

Psalm 142:6,7 Attend to my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; …

Psalm 143:3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down …

Isaiah 24:22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in …

Jonah 2:5,6 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed …

Zechariah 9:11 As for you also, by the blood of your covenant I have sent forth …

Acts 2:24,27-31 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because …

horrible pit [heb.] pit of noise

Matthew 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing …

the miry

Psalm 69:2,14,15 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep …

Jeremiah 38:6-12 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah …

Lamentations 3:53-55 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone on me…

set

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the …

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: …

Matthew 7:24,25 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

established

Psalm 17:5 Hold up my goings in your paths, that my footsteps slip not.

Psalm 18:36 You have enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in your word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

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