PSALM 40:6
"My Ears Hast Thou Opened" vs "a Body Hast Thou Prepared Me"

Psalm 40:6 in the King James Version, which is based on the Hebrew, Masoretic Text, reads, “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.” This rendering is aligned with the Syriac Peshitta and the Latin Vulgate.

However, the Greek Septuagint, the Arabic, the Ethiopic and Apollinarius read, “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not; but a body hast thou prepared me: whole-burnt-offering and [sacrifice] for sin thou didst not require.”

This apparent discrepancy is solved by Hebrews 10:5 in the New Testament, which includes the phrase, “...but a body You have prepared for me....” This suggests that the Jews may have purposely altered their text in order discredit Yeshua as being the Messiah. Either way, this verse is correctly rendered, “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body You have prepared for me: Burnt offering and sin offering you did not required.” This is how it is rendered in this version.

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