Psalm of David
1 Blessed is the person whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is pardoned.
2 Blessed is the person whom Jehovah no longer accuses of sin and who has no deceitful thoughts.
3 When I kept silent about my sins, my body wasted away and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand lay heavily on me. My strength drained in the summer heat.
5 I confessed my sins to you, and I did not cover up my guilt. I decided to confess them to you, O Jehovah. Then you forgave all my sins.
6 For this reason let all godly people pray to you when you may be found. Then raging floodwater will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyous songs of salvation.
8 Jehovah says: »I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as my eyes watch over you.
9 »Do not be stubborn like a horse or mule. They need a bit and bridle in their mouth to restrain them, or they will not come near you.«
10 Very much pain awaits wicked people, but loving-kindness and mercy surrounds those who trust Jehovah.
11 Be glad and find joy in Jehovah, you righteous people. Shout for joy all that are upright in heart.