By David; a well-written song.2
32:1 How blessed3 is the one whose rebellious acts are forgiven,4
whose sin is pardoned!5
32:2 How blessed is the one6 whose wrongdoing the Lord does not punish,7
in whose spirit there is no deceit.8
32:3 When I refused to confess my sin,9
my whole body wasted away,10
while I groaned in pain all day long.
32:4 For day and night you tormented me;11
you tried to destroy me12 in the intense heat13 of summer.14 (Selah)
32:5 Then I confessed my sin;
I no longer covered up my wrongdoing.
I said, “I will confess15 my rebellious acts to the Lord.”
And then you forgave my sins.16 (Selah)
32:6 For this reason every one of your faithful followers17 should pray to you
while there is a window of opportunity.18
Certainly19 when the surging water20 rises,
it will not reach them.21
32:7 You are my hiding place;
you protect me from distress.
You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance.22 (Selah)
32:8 I will instruct and teach you23 about how you should live.24
I will advise you as I look you in the eye.25
32:9 Do not be26 like an unintelligent horse or mule,27
which will not obey you
unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit.28
32:10 An evil person suffers much pain,29
but the Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him.30
32:11 Rejoice in the Lord and be happy, you who are godly!
Shout for joy, all you who are morally upright!31