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1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

2Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

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

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

5I acknowledged my sin to thee,

and I did not hide my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my trangressions to the Lord”;

then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.   Selah

6Therefore let every one who is godly

offer prayer to thee;

at a time of distress, in the rush of great waters,

they shall not reach him.

7Thou art a hiding place for me,

thou preservest me from trouble;

thou dost encompass me with deliverance.   Selah

8I will instruct you and teach you

the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

9Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

which must be curbed with bit and bridle,

else it will not keep with you.

10Many are the pangs of the wicked;

but steadfast love surrounds him who trusts in the Lord.

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

and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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