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The Joy of Forgiveness

Of David. A Maskil.

1Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

2Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3While I kept silence, my body wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.   Selah

5Then I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not hide my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the guilt of my sin.   Selah

6Therefore let all who are faithful

offer prayer to you;

at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters

shall not reach them.

7You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.   Selah

8I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

9Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,

else it will not stay near you.

10Many are the torments of the wicked,

but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

11Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,

and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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