Old Testament

Psalm 32
Psalm 32
How Blessed Is the Person Whose Rebellion Is Forgiven
By David. A maskil.[]
The Joy of Forgiveness
1How blessed is the person
whose rebellion is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2How blessed is the person
whose guilt the Lord does not charge against him,
in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Obtaining the Joy of Forgiveness
3When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away as I groaned all day long.
4For day and night your hand was heavy on me.
My moisture was dried up
by the droughts of summer. Interlude
5I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover up my guilt.
I said, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord,”
and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Interlude
6Because of this let everyone who receives favor
pray to you at a time when you may be found.
Surely when the mighty waters overflow,
they will not reach him.
7You are my hiding place.
You will protect me from distress.
You will surround me with shouts of deliverance. Interlude
Sharing the Joy of Forgiveness
8I will make you wise.
I will instruct you in the way that you should go.
I will guide you, keeping my eye on you.
9Do not be like a horse or a mule, which has no understanding.
Its mouth must be controlled by a bit and bridle,
or else it will not come to you.
10Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but mercy will surround those who trust in the Lord.
11Rejoice in the Lord and celebrate, all you righteous,
and shout joyfully, all you upright in heart.


  • 32:0 A maskil is a type of hymn. It means a song that makes one wise or a skillful song.