Blessed is the one whose unrighteousness is forgiven, *
and whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the one to whom the Lord imputes no sin, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile.
For while I held my tongue, my bones wasted away; *
I ceased not from groaning all the day long.
For your hand was heavy upon me day and night, *
and I was dried up and withered, as in the drought of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin unto you, *
and I did not hide my iniquity.
I said, I will confess my sins unto the Lord; *
and so you forgave the wickedness of my sin.
For this reason shall all the godly make their prayers unto you at a time when you may be found; *
when the great floodwaters rise, they shall not reach them.
You are my hiding-place; you shall preserve me from trouble; *
you shall encompass me with songs of deliverance.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go, *
and I will guide you with my eye.
“Do not be like the horse and mule, which have no understanding, *
whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle, or else they will not come near you.”
Great troubles remain for the ungodly; *
but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad, O you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; *
and be joyful, all who are true of heart.