Psalm 40:4
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New International Version
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

New Living Translation
Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.

English Standard Version
Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

New American Standard Bible
How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

King James Bible
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How happy is the man who has put his trust in the LORD and has not turned to the proud or to those who run after lies!

International Standard Version
How blessed is that strong person who places his trust in the LORD, and who has not acknowledged the proud nor resorted to lies.

NET Bible
How blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD and does not seek help from the proud or from liars!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the son of man who trusts upon The Name of Lord Jehovah, and has not returned to futility, neither to lying speech.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the person who places his confidence in the LORD and does not rely on arrogant people or those who follow lies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

American King James Version
Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

American Standard Version
Blessed is the man that maketh Jehovah his trust, And respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man whose trust is in the name of the Lord; and who hath not had regard to vanities, and lying follies.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed is the man that hath made Jehovah his confidence, and turneth not to the proud, and to such as turn aside to lies.

English Revised Version
Blessed is the man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

World English Bible
Blessed is the man who makes Yahweh his trust, and doesn't respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of the man Who hath made Jehovah his trust, And hath not turned unto the proud, And those turning aside to lies.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Blessed is that man (rather, the man) that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud; or, turneth not to the proud - does not go over to their party or espouse their principles. Absalom's adherents are probably the persons intended. Nor such as turn aside to lies; i.e. "prefer falsehood to truth," the cause of the ungodly to that of God himself.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Blessed is the man that maketh the Lord his trust,.... For such are safe and secure in him, are possessed of all blessings of grace through him, have peace in their own souls now, and shall enjoy eternal happiness with him hereafter;

and respecteth not the proud; such as the Pharisees, and all self-righteous persons, who trust in themselves and their own righteousness, submit not to the righteousness of Christ, and despise others; to these such who trust in Christ have no respect; they neither esteem them, nor imitate them;

nor such as turn aside to lies; to idols, the lying vanities of the Gentiles; or to any doctrines injurious to the person, office, blood, righteousness, sacrifice, and grace of Christ; which are no other than lies, and which those who believe in Christ have no respect to, but abhor both them and the abettors of them.

The Treasury of David

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.

Psalm 40:4

"Blessed." This is an exclamation similar to that of thePsa 1:1-6, "Oh, the happiness of the man." God's blessings are emphatic, "I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed," indeed and in very truth. "Is that man that maketh the Lord his trust." Faith obtaineth promises. A simple, single-eyed confidence in God is the sure mark of blessedness. A man may be as poor as Lazarus, as hated as Mordecai, as sick as Hezekiah, as lonely as Elijah, but while his hand of faith can keep its hold on God, none of his outward afflictions can prevent his being numbered among the blessed but the wealthiest and most prosperous man who has no faith is accursed, be he who he may. "And respecteth not the proud." The proud expect all men to bow down and do them reverence, as if the worship of the golden calves were again set up in Israel; but believing mean are too noble to honour mere money-bags, or cringe before bombastic dignity. The righteous pay their respect to humble goodness, rather than to inflated self-consequence. Our Lord Jesus was in this our bright example. No flattery of kings and great ones ever fell from his lips; he gave no honour to dishonourable men. The haughty were never his favourites. "Nor such as turn aside to lies." Heresies and idolatries are lies, and so are avarice, worldliness, and pleasure-seeking. Woe to those who follow such deceptions. Our Lord was ever both the truth and the lover of truth, and the father of lies had no part in him. We must never pay deference to apostates, time-servers, and false teachers; they are an ill leaven, and the more we purge ourselves of them the better; they are blessed whom God preserves from all error in creed and practice. Judged by this verse, many apparently happy persons must be the reverse of blessed, for anything in the shape of a purse, a fine equipage, or a wealthy establishment, commands their reverence, whether the owner be a rake or a saint, an idiot or a philosopher. Verily, were the arch-fiend of hell to start a carriage and pair, and live like a lord, he would have thousands who would court his acquaintance.

Psalm 40:5

"Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done." Creation, providence, and redemption, teem with wonders as the sea with life. Our special attention is called by this passage to the marvels which cluster around the cross and flash from it. The accomplished redemption achieves many ends, and compasses a variety of designs; the outgoing of the atonement are not to be reckoned up, the influences of the cross reach further than the beams of the sun. Wonders of grace beyond all enumeration take their rise from the cross; adoption, pardon, justification, and a long chain of godlike miracles of love proceed from it. Note that our Lord here speaks of the Lord as "my God." The man Christ Jesus claimed for himself and us a covenant relationship with Jehovah. Let our interest in our God be ever to us our peculiar treasure. "And thy thoughts which are to us-ward." The divine thoughts march with the divine acts, for it is not according to God's wisdom to act without deliberation and counsel. All the divine thoughts are good and gracious towards his elect. God's thoughts of love are very many, very wonderful very practical! Muse on them, dear reader; no sweeter subject ever occupied your mind. God's thoughts of you are many, let not yours be few in return. "They cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee." Their sum is so great as to forbid alike analysis and numeration. Human minds fail to measure, or to arrange in order, the Lord's ways and thoughts; and it must always be so, for he hath said, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." No maze to lose oneself in like the labyrinth of love. How sweet to be outdone, overcome and overwhelmed by the astonishing grace of the Lord our God! "If I would declare and speak of them," and surely this should be the occupation of my tongue at all seasonable opportunities, "they are more than can be numbered;" far beyond all human arithmetic they are multiplied; thoughts from all eternity, thoughts of my fall, my restoration, my redemption, my conversion, my pardon, my upholding, my perfecting, my eternal reward; the list is too long for writing, and the value of the mercies too great for estimation. Yet, if we cannot show forth all the works of the Lord, let us not make this an excuse for silence; for our Lord, who is in this our best example, often spake of the tender thoughts of the great Father.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Blessed—(Ps 1:1; 2:12).

respecteth—literally, "turns towards," as an object of confidence.

turn aside—from true God and His law to falsehood in worship and conduct.

Psalm 40:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
I Waited Patiently for the Lord
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. 4How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. 5Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.…
Cross References
Job 37:24
Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?"

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 84:12
LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Psalm 101:3
I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.

Psalm 118:8
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.

Psalm 125:5
But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.

Psalm 138:6
Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.

Jeremiah 17:7
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

Daniel 3:28
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
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Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Blessed

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when …

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.

Psalm 84:11,12 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Psalm 118:8,9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man…

Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is…

Romans 15:12,13 And again, Esaias said, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that …

respecteth

Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honors them that …

Psalm 101:3-7 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

Psalm 119:21 You have rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from your commandments.

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Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

Isaiah 44:18-20 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, that …

Jeremiah 10:14,15 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded …

Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

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