The Hebrew Bible

32Of David. A maskil.

Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered over.

2Happy the man whom the Lord does not hold guilty,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3As long as I said nothing,

my limbs wasted away

from my anguished roaring all day long.

4For night and day

Your hand lay heavy on me;

my vigor waned

as in the summer drought. Selah.

5Then I acknowledged my sin to You;

I did not cover up my guilt;

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

and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.

6Therefore let every faithful man pray to You

upon discovering [his sin],

that the rushing mighty waters

not overtake him.

7You are my shelter;

You preserve me from distress;

You surround me with the joyous shouts of deliverance.


8Let me enlighten you

and show you which way to go;

let me offer counsel; my eye is on you.

9Be not like a senseless horse or mule

whose movement must be curbed by bit and bridle;

far be it from you!

10Many are the torments of the wicked,

but he who trusts in the Lord

shall be surrounded with favor.

11Rejoice in the Lord and exult, O you righteous;

shout for joy, all upright men!

Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem- Jewish Publication Society) 1985.