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Psalm 32

The Joy of Forgiveness

Of David. A Maskil.


Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.


Happy are those to whom the L ord imputes no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.



While I kept silence, my body wasted away

through my groaning all day long.


For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah



Then I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not hide my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the L ord,”

and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah



Therefore let all who are faithful

offer prayer to you;

at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters

shall not reach them.


You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah



I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my eye upon you.


Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,

else it will not stay near you.



Many are the torments of the wicked,

but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the L ord.


Be glad in the L ord and rejoice, O righteous,

and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

10. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked. Without a figure he here declares what will be the condition of the rebellious and stiff-necked. 669669     Fry reads, “Many are the wounds of the refractory;” on which he has the following note:- “We perceive in this place the exact idea of ושץ, in its allusion to the restive, disobedient, unyielding, ungovernable mule or horse. It is opposed to בטח, to confide in, to yield to, or succumb, as the gentle beast fully confides and yields himself to the management of his guide.” He mentioned before that God wanted not bridles and bits with which to restrain their frowardness; and now he adds, that there would be no end or measure of their miseries until they were utterly consumed. Although God, therefore, may spare us for a time, yet let this denunciation fill us with fear, and preserve us from hardening ourselves, because we are as yet unpunished; nor let our prosperity, which is cursed by God, so deceive us as to close our minds against reflecting on those unseen sorrows which he threatens against all the wicked. And as the Psalmist has told us, on the one hand, that God is armed with innumerable plagues against the wicked, so he adds, on the other hand, that he is furnished with infinite goodness, with which he can succor all who are his. The sum is, that there is no other remedy for our afflictions but to humble ourselves under God’s hand, and to found our salvation on his mercy alone; and that those who rely on God shall be blessed in all respects, because, on whatever side Satan may assault them, there will the Lord oppose him, and shield them with his protecting power.

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