Psalm 40:4
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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!

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.

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.

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.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 39:8-12) It is customary to begin a distinct turning-point of a discourse with ועתּה: and now, i.e., in connection with this nothingness of vanity of a life which is so full of suffering and unrest, what am I to hope, quid sperem (concerning the perfect, vid., on Psalm 11:3)? The answer to this question which he himself throws out is, that Jahve is the goal of his waiting or hoping. It might appear strange that the poet is willing to make the brevity of human life a reason for being calm, and a ground of comfort. But here we have the explanation. Although not expressly assured of a future life of blessedness, his faith, even in the midst of death, lays hold on Jahve as the Living One and as the God of the living. It is just this which is so heroic in the Old Testament faith, that in the midst of the riddles of the present, and in the face of the future which is lost in dismal night, it casts itself unreservedly into the arms of God. While, however, sin is the root of all evil, the poet prays in Psalm 39:9 before all else, that God would remove from him all the transgressions by which he has fully incurred his affliction; and while, given over to the consequences of his sin, he would become, not only to his own dishonour but also to the dishonour of God, a derision to the unbelieving, he prays in Psalm 39:9 that God would not permit it to come to this. כּל, Psalm 39:9, has Mercha, and is consequently, as in Psalm 35:10, to be read with (not ŏ), since an accent can never be placed by Kametz chatûph. Concerning נבל, Psalm 39:9, see on Psalm 14:1. As to the rest he is silent and calm; for God is the author, viz., of his affliction (עשׂה, used just as absolutely as in Psalm 22:32; Psalm 37:5; Psalm 52:11, Lamentations 1:21). Without ceasing still to regard intently the prosperity of the ungodly, he recognises the hand of God in his affliction, and knows that he has not merited anything better. But it is permitted to him to pray that God would suffer mercy to take the place of right. נגעך is the name he gives to his affliction, as in Psalm 38:12, as being a stroke (blow) of divine wrath; תּגרת ידך, as a quarrel into which God's hand has fallen with him; and by אני, with the almighty (punishing) hand of God, he contrasts himself the feeble one, to whom, if the present state of things continues, ruin is certain. In Psalm 39:12 he puts his own personal experience into the form of a general maxim: when with rebukes (תּוכחות from תּוכחת, collateral form with תּוכחה, תּוכחות) Thou chastenest a man on account of iniquity (perf. conditionale), Thou makest his pleasantness (Isaiah 53:3), i.e., his bodily beauty (Job 33:21), to melt away, moulder away (ותּמס, fut. apoc. from המסה to cause to melt, Psalm 6:7), like the moth (Hosea 5:12), so that it falls away, as a moth-eaten garment falls into rags. Thus do all men become mere nothing. They are sinful and perishing. The thought expressed in Psalm 39:6 is here repeated as a refrain. The music again strikes in here, as there.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Blessed

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little...

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 glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly...

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 shall rise to reign over the Gentiles...

respecteth

Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honors them that fear the LORD. He that swears to his own hurt, and changes not.

Psalm 101:3-7 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not stick to me...

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

as turn

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity...

Isaiah 44:18-20 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand...

Jeremiah 10:14,15 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood...

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 and signs and lying wonders...

Cross References
Job 37:24
Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit."

Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 84:12
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Psalm 101:3
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

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

Psalm 125:5
But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 138:6
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.

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