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Psalm 32[a]

Remission of Sin

(A)Of David. A maskil.


Blessed is the one whose fault is removed,
    whose sin is forgiven.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,
    in whose spirit is no deceit.


Because I kept silent,[b] my bones wasted away;
    I groaned all day long.(B)
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength withered as in dry summer heat.
Then I declared my sin to you;
    my guilt I did not hide.(C)
I said, “I confess my transgression to the Lord,”
    and you took away the guilt of my sin.

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  1. Psalm 32 An individual thanksgiving and the second of the seven Penitential Psalms (cf. Ps 6). The opening declaration—the forgiven are blessed (Ps 32:1–2)—arises from the psalmist’s own experience. At one time the psalmist was stubborn and closed, a victim of sin’s power (Ps 32:3–4), and then became open to the forgiving God (Ps 32:5–7). Sin here, as often in the Bible, is not only the personal act of rebellion against God but also the consequences of that act—frustration and waning of vitality. Having been rescued, the psalmist can teach others the joys of justice and the folly of sin (Ps 32:8–11).
  2. 32:3 I kept silent: did not confess the sin before God.