Psalm 40:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
He lifted me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; He set my feet upon a rock, and made my footsteps firm.

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm,

Good News Translation
He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure.

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 also brought me up out of a pit of tumult, out of the miry clay; and he set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he brought me up out of a pit of misery, and from miry clay: and he set my feet on a rock, and ordered my goings aright.

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.
Study Bible
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 destruction, out of the miry clay; He set my feet upon a rock, and made my footsteps firm. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:9
Put an end to the evil of the wicked, but establish the righteous, O righteous God who searches hearts and minds.

Psalm 18:29
For in you I can charge an army, and with my God I can scale a wall.

Psalm 26:12
My feet stand on level ground; in the congregations I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 27:5
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high upon a rock.

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

Psalm 69:2
I have sunk into the miry depths, where there is no footing; I have drifted into deep waters, where the flood engulfs me.

Psalm 69:14
Rescue me from the mire and do not let me sink; deliver me from my foes and out of the deep waters.

Psalm 119:5
Oh, that my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes!

Jeremiah 38:6
So they took Jeremiah and dropped him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king's son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah with ropes into the cistern, which had no water but only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.

Treasury of Scripture

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
Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Psalm 86:13
For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

horrible pit [heb.

Matthew 13:50
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

the miry

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

Jeremiah 38:6-12
Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire…

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

set

Psalm 27:5
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalm 61:2
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Matthew 7:24,25
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: …

established

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

Psalm 18:36
Thou hast 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 delighteth in his way.







Lexicon
He lifted me up
וַיַּעֲלֵ֤נִי ׀ (way·ya·‘ă·lê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

from the pit
מִבּ֥וֹר (mib·bō·wr)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 953: A pit, cistern, well

of destruction,
שָׁאוֹן֮ (šā·’ō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7588: A roar (of waters, etcetera), din, crash, uproar

out of the miry
הַיָּ֫וֵ֥ן (hay·yā·wên)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3121: Dregs, mud

clay;
מִטִּ֪יט (miṭ·ṭîṭ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2916: Mud, clay, calamity

He set
וַיָּ֖קֶם (way·yā·qem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

my feet
רַגְלַ֗י (raḡ·lay)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda

upon
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a rock,
סֶ֥לַע (se·la‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5553: A craggy rock

[and] made my footsteps
אֲשֻׁרָֽי׃ (’ă·šu·rāy)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 838: Step, going

firm.
כּוֹנֵ֥ן (kō·w·nên)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect
(2) Horrible pit.--The rendering of the margin, "pit of noise," takes shaon in its primary sense, as in Isaiah 17:12, Psalm 65:7, and the idea of a noise of rushing water suits this passage. Most commentators, however, take it here in the sense the cognate bears in Psalm 35:8, "destruction." The LXX. and Vulg. have "misery."

Miry clay.--The word translated "clay" (comp. Psalm 69:2) is from a root meaning to boil up, or ferment. (One of its derivatives means "wine.") Hence "froth," or "slime." LXX., ilus; Vulg., f?x. A verse of R. Browning's perhaps expresses the poet's image:--

"It frothed by,

A black eddy, bespate with flakes and fumes."

Rock.--The common image of security (Psalm 18:2; Psalm 27:5), the occurrence of which makes it probable that the "pit" and "clay" are also not realities, but emblems of confusion and danger.

Verse 2. - He brought me up also out of an horrible pit; literally, a pit of tumult or uproar, which is variously explained. Some imagine a pit with rushing water at the bottom of it, but such pits are scarcely known in Palestine. Others a pit which is filled with noise as a warrior, with crash of arms and amid the shouts of enemies, falls into it. But pits, though used in hunting, were not employed in warfare. The explanation that שׁאון here is to be taken in the secondary sense of "destruction" or "misery," seems to me preferable (see the Septuagint, ἐκ λάκκου ταλαιπωρίας). Out of the miry clay (comp. Psalm 69:2, 14). Such "clay "would be frequently found at the bottom of disused cisterns. And set my feet upon a rock; i.e. upon solid ground, where I had a firm footing. And established my goings; literally, and make my steps firm (comp. Psalm 17:5; Psalm 18:36; Psalm 94:18). 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.
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