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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
Blessedness of Forgiveness and of Trust in God
A Psalm of David. Maschil.
[1]  BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
[2]  Blessed is the man unto whom Jehovah imputeth not iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no guile.
[3]  When I kept silence, my bones wasted away
Through my groaning 1 all the day long.
[4]  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me:
My moisture was changed as 2 with the drought of summer.  [Selah
[5]  I acknowledged my sin unto thee,
And mine iniquity did I not hide:
I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Jehovah;
And thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.  [Selah
[6]  For this let every one that is godly pray unto thee in 3 a time when thou mayest be found:
Surely when the great waters overflow they shall not reach unto him.
[7]  Thou art my hiding-place; thou wilt preserve me from trouble;
Thou wilt compass me about with songs of deliverance.  [Selah
[8]  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee.
[9]  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding;
Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in,
Else 4 they will not come near unto thee.
[10]  Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he that trusteth in Jehovah, lovingkindness shall compass him about.
[11]  Be glad in Jehovah, and rejoice, ye righteous;
And shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Note 1. Heb. roaring. [back]
Note 2. Or, into the. [back]
Note 3. Or, in the time of finding out sin. [back]
Note 4. Or, That they come not near. [back]


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