Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.[a]

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.(A)
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them(B)
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.(C)

When I kept silent,(D)
    my bones wasted away(E)
    through my groaning(F) all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy(G) on me;
my strength was sapped(H)
    as in the heat of summer.[b]

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.(I)
I said, “I will confess(J)
    my transgressions(K) to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.(L)

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;(M)
surely the rising(N) of the mighty waters(O)
    will not reach them.(P)
You are my hiding place;(Q)
    you will protect me from trouble(R)
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.(S)

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  1. Psalm 32:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  2. Psalm 32:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 7.

21 “Submit to God and be at peace(A) with him;(B)
    in this way prosperity will come to you.(C)
22 Accept instruction from his mouth(D)
    and lay up his words(E) in your heart.(F)
23 If you return(G) to the Almighty, you will be restored:(H)
    If you remove wickedness far from your tent(I)
24 and assign your nuggets(J) to the dust,
    your gold(K) of Ophir(L) to the rocks in the ravines,(M)
25 then the Almighty will be your gold,(N)
    the choicest silver for you.(O)
26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty(P)
    and will lift up your face(Q) to God.(R)
27 You will pray to him,(S) and he will hear you,(T)
    and you will fulfill your vows.(U)
28 What you decide on will be done,(V)
    and light(W) will shine on your ways.(X)
29 When people are brought low(Y) and you say, ‘Lift them up!’
    then he will save the downcast.(Z)
30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent,(AA)
    who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”(AB)


23 Then Job replied:

“Even today my complaint(AC) is bitter;(AD)
    his hand[a] is heavy in spite of[b] my groaning.(AE)
If only I knew where to find him;
    if only I could go to his dwelling!(AF)
I would state my case(AG) before him
    and fill my mouth with arguments.(AH)
I would find out what he would answer me,(AI)
    and consider what he would say to me.
Would he vigorously oppose me?(AJ)
    No, he would not press charges against me.(AK)
There the upright(AL) can establish their innocence before him,(AM)
    and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.(AN)

“But if I go to the east, he is not there;
    if I go to the west, I do not find him.
When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
    when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.(AO)
10 But he knows the way that I take;(AP)
    when he has tested me,(AQ) I will come forth as gold.(AR)
11 My feet have closely followed his steps;(AS)
    I have kept to his way without turning aside.(AT)
12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;(AU)
    I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.(AV)

13 “But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?(AW)
    He does whatever he pleases.(AX)
14 He carries out his decree against me,
    and many such plans he still has in store.(AY)
15 That is why I am terrified before him;(AZ)
    when I think of all this, I fear him.(BA)
16 God has made my heart faint;(BB)
    the Almighty(BC) has terrified me.(BD)
17 Yet I am not silenced by the darkness,(BE)
    by the thick darkness that covers my face.


  1. Job 23:2 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew / the hand on me
  2. Job 23:2 Or heavy on me in

Simon Peter, a servant(A) and apostle of Jesus Christ,(B)

To those who through the righteousness(C) of our God and Savior Jesus Christ(D) have received a faith as precious as ours:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance(E) through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.(F)

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

His divine power(G) has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him(H) who called us(I) by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,(J) so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,(K) having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.(L)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;(M) and to knowledge, self-control;(N) and to self-control, perseverance;(O) and to perseverance, godliness;(P) and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.(Q) For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive(R) in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.(S) But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,(T) forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.(U)

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling(V) and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,(W) 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom(X) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(Y)

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  1. 2 Peter 1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.

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