A Psalm of instruction by David.1 Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and who sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin, and in whose mouth there is no guile. 3 Because I kept silence, my bones waxed old, from my crying all the day. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; I became thoroughly miserable while a thorn was fastened in me. Pause. 5 I acknowledged my sin, and hid not my iniquity; I said, I will confess my iniquity to the Lord; and You forgave the ungodliness of my heart. Pause. 6 Therefore shall every holy one pray to You in a fit time; only in the deluge of many waters they shall not come near to Him. 7 You are my refuge from the affliction that encompasses me; my joy, to deliver me from them that have compassed me. Pause. 8 I will instruct you and guide you in the way you should go; I will fix My eyes upon you. 9 Be not as the horse and mule, which have no understanding; but you must constrain their jaws with bit and bridle, lest they should come near to you. 10 Many are the scourges of the sinner; but him that hopes in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord, and exalt, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you that are upright in heart!
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