1Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.2Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.3When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.4For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.5Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.6Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.7You are my hiding-place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.9Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.10Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.11Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
King James Version
1A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.3When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.5I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.6For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.7Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.8I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.11Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
New International Reader’s Version
A maskil of David.
1Blessed is the person whose lawless acts are forgiven. Their sins have been taken away.2Blessed is the person whose sin the LORD never counts against them. That person doesn’t want to cheat anyone.3When I kept silent about my sin, my body became weak because I groaned all day long.4Day and night you punished me. I became weaker and weaker as I do in the heat of summer.5Then I admitted my sin to you. I didn’t cover up the wrong I had done. I said, ‘I will admit my lawless acts to the LORD.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.6Let everyone who is faithful pray to you while they can still look to you. When troubles come like a flood, they certainly won’t reach those who are faithful.7You are my hiding place. You will keep me safe from trouble. You will surround me with songs sung by those who praise you because you save your people.8I will guide you and teach you the way you should go. I will give you good advice and watch over you with love.9Don’t be like a horse or a mule. They can’t understand anything. They have to be controlled by bits and bridles. If they aren’t, they won’t come to you.10Sinful people have all kinds of trouble. But the LORD’s faithful love is all around those who trust in him.11Be glad because of what the LORD has done for you. Be joyful, you who do what is right! Sing, all you whose hearts are honest!