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Psalm 32

The Joy of Forgiveness
(Romans 4:1–12)

Of David. A Maskil. a 

1Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered. b 

2 Blessed is the man

whose iniquity the LORD does not count against him, c 

in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent, my bones became brittle

from my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night

Your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was drained d 

as in the summer heat.


5 Then I acknowledged my sin to You

and did not hide my iniquity.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”

and You forgave the guilt of my sin.


6 Therefore let all the godly pray to You

while You may be found.

Surely when great waters rise,

they will not come near.

7 You are my hiding place.

You protect me from trouble;

You surround me with songs of deliverance.


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

I will give you counsel and watch over you.

9 Do not be like the horse or mule,

which have no understanding;

they must be controlled with bit and bridle

to make them come to you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,

but loving devotion surrounds him who trusts in the LORD.

11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous ones;

shout for joy, all you upright in heart.



1 a Maskil is probably a musical or liturgical term; used for Psalms 32, 42, 44–45, 52–55, 74, 78, 88–89, and 142.
1 b LXX Blessed is he whose lawless acts are forgiven, whose sins are covered ; cited in Romans 4:7
2 c LXX Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him ; cited in Romans 4:8
4 d Or my vitality was turned

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