Blessed Are the Forgiven

Psalm 32

A Maskil 1 of David.

j Blessed is the one whose k transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord l counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit m there is no deceit.

3 For when I kept silent, my n bones wasted away
through my o groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your p hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up 2 as by the heat of summer. Selah

5 I q acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, "I r will confess my transgressions to the Lord,"
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

6 Therefore let everyone who is s godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you t may be found;
surely in the rush of u great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7 You are a v hiding place for me;
you preserve me from w trouble;
you surround me with x shouts of deliverance. Selah

8 I will y instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will z counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 a Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with b bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.

10 c Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who d trusts in the Lord.
11 e Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and f shout for joy, all you g upright in heart!

  1. Cross References
    Romans 4:7 - 8
    Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
    Psalms 85:2
    You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 34:7
    Keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.
    John 1:29
    The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
  3. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:19
    That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
  4. Cross References
    John 1:47
    Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 31:10
    For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 22:1
    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
  7. Cross References
    1 Samuel 5:6
    The hand of the Lord was heavy against the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and afflicted them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.
    1 Samuel 5:11
    They sent therefore and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines and said, "Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, that it may not kill us and our people." For there was a deathly panic throughout the whole city. The hand of God was very heavy there.
    Psalms 38:2
    For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 51:3
    For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 38:18
    I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.
    Job 33:27
    He sings before men and says: 'I sinned and per...
    Proverbs 28:13
    Whoever conceals his transgressions will not pr...
    Luke 15:18
    I will arise and go to my father, and I will sa...
    Luke 15:21
    And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned...
    1 John 1:9
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just...
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 30:4
    Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 69:13
    But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 18:4
    The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents...
    Psalms 18:16
    He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me ou...
    Psalms 42:7
    Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfal...
    Psalms 69:1
    Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to ...
    Psalms 144:7
    Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me a...
    Job 22:11
    Or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a floo...
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 91:1
    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
    Psalms 119:114
    You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
    Psalms 27:5
    For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
    Psalms 31:20
    In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 9:9
    The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 18:1
    I love you, O Lord, my strength.
    Exodus 15:1 - 18
    Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, "I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
    Judges 5:1 - 31
    Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 25:8
    Good and upright is the Lord ; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
    Psalms 25:12
    Who is the man who fears the Lord ? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 73:24
    You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
  18. Cross References
    Proverbs 26:3
    A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.
    Job 35:11
    Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?
  19. Cross References
    James 3:3
    If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 13:21
    Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.
    Romans 2:9
    There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 34:8
    Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
    Psalms 84:12
    O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
    Proverbs 16:20
    Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
    Jeremiah 17:7
    Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 64:10
    Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!
    Psalms 68:3
    But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
    Psalms 97:12
    Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
    Psalms 33:1
    Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
  23. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:43
    "Rejoice with him, O heavens; bow down to him, all gods, for he avenges the blood of his children and takes vengeance on his adversaries. He repays those who hate him and cleanses his people's land."
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 7:10
    My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
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