Good News Translation (GNB)
40

A Song of PraisePs 40 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

401I waited patiently for the LORD's help;

then he listened to me and heard my cry.

2He pulled me out of a dangerous pit,

out of the deadly quicksand.

He set me safely on a rock

and made me secure.

3He taught me to sing a new song,

a song of praise to our God.

Many who see this will take warning

and will put their trust in the LORD.

4Happy are those who trust the LORD,

who do not turn to idols

or join those who worship false gods.

5You have done many things for us, O LORD our God;

there is no one like you!

You have made many wonderful plans for us.

I could never speak of them all —

their number is so great!

6

40.6–8:
Heb 10.5–7
You do not want sacrifices and offerings;

you do not ask for animals burnt whole on the altar

or for sacrifices to take away sins.

Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,

7and so I answered, “Here I am;

your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.40.7 your instructionsLaw; or my devotion to you is recorded in your book.

8How I love to do your will, my God!

I keep your teaching in my heart.”

9In the assembly of all your people, LORD,

I told the good news that you save us.

You know that I will never stop telling it.

10I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;

I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.

In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent

about your loyalty and constant love.

11LORD, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.

Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.

A Prayer for Help

(Ps 70)

12I am surrounded by many troubles —

too many to count!

My sins have caught up with me,

and I can no longer see;

they are more than the hairs of my head,

and I have lost my courage.

13Save me, LORD! Help me now!

14May those who try to kill me

be completely defeated and confused.

May those who are happy because of my troubles

be turned back and disgraced.

15May those who jeer at me

be dismayed by their defeat.

16May all who come to you

be glad and joyful.

May all who are thankful for your salvation

always say, “How great is the LORD!”

17I am weak and poor, O Lord,

but you have not forgotten me.

You are my saviour and my God —

hurry to my aid!

41

A Prayer in SicknessPs 41 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

411Happy are those who are concerned for the poor;

the LORD will help them when they are in trouble.

2The LORD will protect them and preserve their lives;

he will make them happy in the land;

he will not abandon them to the power of their enemies.

3The LORD will help them when they are sick

and will restore them to health.

4I said, “I have sinned against you, LORD;

be merciful to me and heal me.”

5My enemies say cruel things about me.

They want me to die and be forgotten.

6Those who come to see me are not sincere;

they gather bad news about me

and then go out and tell it everywhere.

7All who hate me whisper to each other about me,

they imagine the worst about41.7 imagine the worst about; or make evil plans to harm. me.

8They say, “He is fatally ill;

he will never leave his bed again.”

9

41.9:
Mt 26.23
Mk 14.18
Lk 22.21
Jn 13.18
Even my best friend, the one I trusted most,

the one who shared my food,

has turned against me.

10Be merciful to me, LORD, and restore my health,

and I will pay my enemies back.

11They will not triumph over me,

and I will know that you are pleased with me.

12You will help me, because I do what is right;

you will keep me in your presence for ever.

13

41.13:
Ps 106.48
Praise the LORD, the God of Israel!

Praise him now and for ever!

Amen! Amen!

42

Book Two

Psalms 42—72

The Prayer of Someone in ExilePs 42 Hebrew title: A poem by the clan of Korah.

421As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,

so I long for you, O God.

2I thirst for you, the living God;

when can I go and worship in your presence?

3Day and night I cry,

and tears are my only food;

all the time my enemies ask me,

“Where is your God?”

4My heart breaks when I remember the past,

when I went with the crowds to the house of God

and led them as they walked along,

a happy crowd, singing and shouting praise to God.

5Why am I so sad?

Why am I so troubled?

I will put my hope in God,

and once again I will praise him,

my saviour and my God.

6-7Here in exile my heart is breaking,

and so I turn my thoughts to him.

He has sent waves of sorrow over my soul;

chaos roars at me like a flood,

like waterfalls thundering down to the Jordan

from Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar.

8May the LORD show his constant love during the day,

so that I may have a song at night,

a prayer to the God of my life.

9To God, my defender, I say,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go on suffering

from the cruelty of my enemies?”

10I am crushed by their insults,

as they keep on asking me,

“Where is your God?”

11Why am I so sad?

Why am I so troubled?

I will put my hope in God,

and once again I will praise him,

my saviour and my God.