New English Translation
By David; a well-written song.
1 How blessed is the one whose rebellious acts are forgiven, whose sin is pardoned!
2 How blessed is the one whose wrongdoing the LORD does not punish, in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I refused to confess my sin, my whole body wasted away, while I groaned in pain all day long.
4 For day and night you tormented me; you tried to destroy me in the intense heat of summer. (Selah)
5 Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, "I will confess my rebellious acts to the LORD." And then you forgave my sins. (Selah)
6 For this reason every one of your faithful followers should pray to you while there is a window of opportunity. Certainly when the surging water rises, it will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place; you protect me from distress. You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance. (Selah)
8 I will instruct and teach you about how you should live. I will advise you as I look you in the eye.
9 Do not be like an unintelligent horse or mule, which will not obey you unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit.
10 An evil person suffers much pain, but the LORD's faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be happy, you who are godly! Shout for joy, all you who are morally upright!
King James Version
A Psalm of David, Maschil.
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.