Psalm 40:1
New International Version
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.

New Living Translation
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

English Standard Version
I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

New King James Version
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.

New American Standard Bible
For the music director. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He reached down to me and heard my cry.

NASB 1995
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

NASB 1977
I Waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Amplified Bible
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently and expectantly for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD, and he turned to me and heard my cry for help.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help.

American Standard Version
I waited patiently for Jehovah; And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hoping, I have hoped in LORD JEHOVAH, for he turned toward me and he heard my prayer.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, a Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; and he attended to me, and hearkened to my supplication.

Contemporary English Version
I patiently waited, LORD, for you to hear my prayer. You listened

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, a psalm for David himself. With expectation I have waited for the Lord, and he was attentive to me.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Good News Translation
I waited patiently for the LORD's help; then he listened to me and heard my cry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; a psalm by David.] I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me and heard my cry for help.

International Standard Version
I waited expectantly for the LORD, and he took notice of me and heard my cry.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Literal Standard Version
TO THE OVERSEER. A PSALM OF DAVID. I have diligently expected YHWH, And He inclines to me, and hears my cry,

NET Bible
For the music director; By David, a psalm. I relied completely on the LORD, and he turned toward me and heard my cry for help.

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.] I waited patiently for the LORD, and he turned to me, and heard my cry.

World English Bible
I waited patiently for Yahweh. He turned to me, and heard my cry.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm of David. I have diligently expected Jehovah, And He inclineth to me, and heareth my cry,

Additional Translations ...
Context
I Waited Patiently for the LORD
1For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2He lifted me up from the pit of despair, out of the miry clay; He set my feet upon a rock, and made my footsteps firm.…

Cross References
Genesis 49:18
I await Your salvation, O LORD.

Psalm 25:3
Surely none who wait for You will be put to shame; but those who are faithless without cause will be disgraced.

Psalm 25:5
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; all day long I wait for You.

Psalm 27:14
Wait patiently for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the LORD!

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their cry.

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.

Psalm 116:2
Because He has inclined His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.


Treasury of Scripture

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

A.

I waited [heb.

Psalm 27:13,14
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living…

Psalm 37:7
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

James 5:7-11
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain…

inclined

Psalm 116:2
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Psalm 130:2
Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

Daniel 9:18
O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.









(1) I waited patiently.--As the margin shows, this is expressed by the common Hebrew idiom the infinitive absolute with the preterite. We may nearly express it by repetition: I waited and waited.

Inclined . . .--Either intransitive (comp. Judges 16:30), or with ellipse of the word "ear," which usually is found with the verb in this conjugation. (See Psalm 17:6; Psalm 31:2.)

Verse 1. - I waited patiently for the Lord; literally, waiting, 1 waited - a common Hebrew idiom, when an idea is to be emphasized. No writer enforces upon us more earnestly than David the duty of awaiting God's pleasure (Psalm 27:14; Psalm 37:7; Psalm 62:1, 5; Psalm 69:3, etc.). And he inclined unto me; literally, bent towards me - an anthropomorphism, but most expressive. And heard my cry; i.e. answered it - gave me what I prayed for.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For the choirmaster.
לַ֝מְנַצֵּ֗חַ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

A Psalm
מִזְמֽוֹר׃ (miz·mō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4210: Instrumental music, a poem set to notes

of David.
לְדָוִ֥ד (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

I waited patiently for
קַוֺּ֣ה (qaw·wōh)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 6960: To bind together, collect, to expect

the LORD;
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

He inclined
וַיֵּ֥ט (way·yêṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

to me
אֵ֝לַ֗י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

and heard
וַיִּשְׁמַ֥ע (way·yiš·ma‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

my cry.
שַׁוְעָתִֽי׃ (šaw·‘ā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7775: A cry for help


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