A Psalm of instruction by David.1 Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and who sins are covered. 2Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin, and in whose mouth there is no guile. 3Because I kept silence, my bones waxed old, from my crying all the day. 4For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; I became thoroughly miserable while a thorn was fastened in me. Pause. 5I 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. 6Therefore 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. 7You are my refuge from the affliction that encompasses me; my joy, to deliver me from them that have compassed me. Pause. 8I will instruct you and guide you in the way you should go; I will fix My eyes upon you. 9Be 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. 10Many are the scourges of the sinner; but him that hopes in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11Be glad in the Lord, and exalt, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you that are upright in heart!
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