Psalm 32

A Psalm of instruction 1by David.

1 2Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and who sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin, and whose mouth there is no guile.

3 Because I kept silence, my bones waxed old, from my crying all the day. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: I became thoroughly miserable while 3a thorn was fastened in me. Pause. 5 I acknowledged my sin, and hid not mine iniquity: I said, I will confess mine iniquity to the Lord against myself; and thou forgavest the ungodliness of my heart. Pause. 6 Therefore shall every holy one pray to thee in a fit time: only in the deluge of many waters they shall not come nigh to him. 7 Thou art my refuge from the affliction that encompasses me; my joy, to deliver me from them that have compassed me. Pause.

8 I will instruct thee and guide thee in this way wherein thou shalt go: I will fix mine eyes upon thee. 9 Be ye not as horse and mule, which have no understanding; 4 but thou must constrain their jaws with bit and curb, lest they should come nigh to thee. 10 Many are the scourges of the sinner: but him that hopes in the Lord mercy shall compass about. 11 Be glad in the Lord, and exult, ye righteous: and glory, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalm 33

A Psalm of David.

1 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; praise becomes the upright. 2 5Praise the Lord on the harp; platy to him on a psaltery of ten strings. 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are 6faithful. 5 He loves


mercy and judgment; the earth is full the mercy of the Lord. 6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were established; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 Who gathers the waters of the sea as in a bottle; who lays up the deeps in treasuries. 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; and let all that dwell in the world be moved because of him. 9 For he spoke, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created. 10 The Lord frustrates the counsels of the nations; he brings to nought also the reasonings of the peoples, and brings to nought the counsels of princes. 11 But the counsel of the Lord endures for ever, the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance. 13 The Lord looks out of heaven; he beholds all the sons of men. 14 He looks from his prepared habitation on all the dwellers on the earth; 15 who fashioned their hearts 7alone; who understands all their works. 16 A king is not saved by reason of a great host; and a giant shall not be delivered by the greatness of his strength. 17 A horse is vain for safety; neither shall he be delivered by the greatness of his power.

18 Behold, the eyes of the Lord are on them that fear him, those that hope in his mercy; 19 to deliver their souls from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waits on the Lord; for he is our helper and defender. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, and we have hoped in his holy name. 22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in thee.

1 Gr. for, or, of.

2 Rom. 4. 7, 8.

3 See Hebrew.

4 Alex. ἄγξεις.

5 Rather, 'confess' or 'give thanks to.'

6 Gr. in or with faithfulness.

7 Perhaps, 'individually.' Vulg. sigillatim.


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