Psalm 40:17
New International Version
But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.

New Living Translation
As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.

English Standard Version
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Berean Study Bible
But I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my helper and deliverer; O my God, do not delay.

King James Bible
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

New King James Version
But I am poor and needy; Yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

New American Standard Bible
But I am afflicted and needy; May the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my savior; Do not delay, my God.

NASB 1995
Since I am afflicted and needy, Let the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

NASB 1977
Since I am afflicted and needy, Let the Lord be mindful of me; Thou art my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

Amplified Bible
Even though I am afflicted and needy, Still the Lord takes thought and is mindful of me. You are my help and my rescuer. O my God, do not delay.

Christian Standard Bible
I am oppressed and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my helper and my deliverer; my God, do not delay.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am afflicted and needy; the Lord thinks of me. You are my helper and my deliverer; my God, do not delay.

American Standard Version
But I am poor and needy; Yet the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my help and my deliverer; Make no tarrying, O my God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I am poor and afflicted, my Lord; they have plotted against me; You are my helper and my deliver; my God, do not delay!" Ps

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But I am poor and needy; the Lord will take care of me; thou art my helper, and my defender, O my God, delay not.

Contemporary English Version
I am poor and needy, but, LORD God, you care about me, and you come to my rescue. Please hurry and help.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I am a beggar and poor : the Lord is careful for me. Thou art my helper and my protector : O my God, be not slack.

English Revised Version
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Good News Translation
I am weak and poor, O Lord, but you have not forgotten me. You are my savior and my God--hurry to my aid!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I am oppressed and needy. May the Lord think of me. You are my help and my savior. O my God, do not delay!

International Standard Version
But I am poor and needy; may the Lord think about me. You are my help and deliverer. My God, do not tarry too long!

JPS Tanakh 1917
But, as for me, that am poor and needy, The Lord will account it unto me; Thou art my help and my deliverer; O my God, tarry not.

Literal Standard Version
And I [am] poor and needy, The Lord devises for me. You [are] my help and my deliverer, O my God, do not linger.

NET Bible
I am oppressed and needy! May the Lord pay attention to me! You are my helper and my deliverer! O my God, do not delay!

New Heart English Bible
But I am poor and needy. May the Lord think about me. You are my help and my deliverer. Do not delay, my God.

World English Bible
But I am poor and needy. May the Lord think about me. You are my help and my deliverer. Don't delay, my God. For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

Young's Literal Translation
And I am poor and needy, The Lord doth devise for me. My help and my deliverer art Thou, O my God, tarry Thou not.

Additional Translations ...
Context
I Waited Patiently for the LORD
16May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation always say, “The LORD be magnified!” 17But I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my helper and deliverer; O my God, do not delay.

Cross References
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Psalm 14:6
You sinners frustrate the plans of the oppressed, yet the LORD is their shelter.

Psalm 27:9
Hide not Your face from me, nor turn away Your servant in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Psalm 38:22
Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us--none can compare to You--if I proclaim and declare them, they are more than I can count.

Psalm 70:5
But I am poor and needy; hurry to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.

Psalm 86:1
Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.


Treasury of Scripture

But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks on me: you are my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

I am poor

Psalm 40:5
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 34:6
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalm 69:33
For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.

the Lord

1 Peter 2:23
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

help

Psalm 54:4
Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

Isaiah 50:7-9
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed…

Hebrews 13:6
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

make

Psalm 143:7,8
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit…

Revelation 22:20
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.









Verse 17. - But I am poor and needy. David could say this in time of trouble. No one is more in need than a discrowned king, driven from his throne and land, and not yet restored to either (2 Samuel 9:4-20). Yet the Lord thinketh upon me. The "poor and needy" are those whom God especially considers (see Psalm 9:18; Psalm 10:12, 17, 18; Psalm 34:6; Psalm 35:10, etc.). Thou art my Help and my Deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God (comp. ver. 13, and the comment ad loc.).



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But I [am]
וַאֲנִ֤י ׀ (wa·’ă·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

poor
עָנִ֣י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

and needy;
וְאֶבְיוֹן֮ (wə·’eḇ·yō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 34: In want, needy, poor

may the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֪י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

think of me.
יַחֲשָׁ֫ב (ya·ḥă·šāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2803: To think, account

You
אַ֑תָּה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are my helper
עֶזְרָתִ֣י (‘ez·rā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5833: Help, helper, assistance

and deliverer;
וּמְפַלְטִ֣י (ū·mə·p̄al·ṭî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6403: To slip out, escape, to deliver

O my God,
אֱ֝לֹהַ֗י (’ĕ·lō·hay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

delay.
תְּאַחַֽר׃ (tə·’a·ḥar)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 309: To loiter, to procrastinate


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