1 Blessed are those whose sin is forgiven:
whose iniquity is put away.
2 Blessed are those to whom the Lord imputes no blame:
and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 For whilst I held my tongue:
my bones wasted away with my daily complaining.
4 Your hand was heavy upon me day and night:
and my moisture was dried up like a drought in summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you:
and my iniquity I did not hide;
6 I said ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’:
and so you forgave the wickedness of my sin.
7 For this cause shall everyone that is faithful
make their prayer to you in the day of trouble:
and in the time of the great water-flood,
it shall not come near them.
8 You are a place to hide me in,
you will preserve me from trouble:
you will surround me with deliverance on every side.
9 ‘I will instruct you, and direct you in the way that you should go:
I will fasten my eye upon you, and give you counsel.
10 ‘Be not like horse or mule, that have no understanding:
whose forward course must be curbed with bit and bridle.’
11 Great tribulations remain for the ungodly:
but whoever puts their trust in the Lord,
mercy embraces them on every side.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and be glad:
and shout for joy, all you that are true of heart.