For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as
with the fever heat of summer.
5I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin.
6Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
7You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance.
8I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
9Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: My moisture was changed as with the drought of summer. Selah
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: I am turned in my anguish, whilst the thorn is fastened.
Darby Bible Translation
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
English Revised Version
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture was changed as with the drought of summer. Selah
Webster's Bible Translation
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drouth of summer. Selah.
World English Bible
For day and night your hand was heavy on me. My strength was sapped in the heat of summer. Selah.
Young's Literal Translation
When by day and by night Thy hand is heavy upon me, My moisture hath been changed Into the droughts of summer. Selah.
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"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven." --PSALM xxxii. It is the blessedness of emancipation. The boat which has been tethered to the weird, baleful shore is set free, and sails toward the glories of the morning. The man, long cramped in the dark, imprisoning pit, is brought out, and stretches his limbs in the sweet light and air of God's free world. Black servitude is ended; glorious liberty begins. It is the blessedness of education. For when we are freed we are by no means perfected. …
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See, dear friends, the value of a truthful grace-wrought confession of sin; it is to be prized above all price, for he that confesseth his sin and forsaketh it, shall find mercy. Now, it is a well known fact, that when God is pleased to bestow upon men any choice gift, Satan, who is the god of counterfeits, is sure very soon to produce a base imitation, true in appearance, but worthless in reality: his object is deception, and full often he succeeds. How many there are who have made a worthless confession, …
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(Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity.) Psalm xxxii. 1-7. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions …
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