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.
My heart shows me the wickedness of the ungodly; *
there is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own sight, *
until his abominable sin is found out.
The words of his mouth are unrighteous and full of deceit; *
he has left off behaving wisely and doing good.
He imagines mischief upon his bed, and has set himself in no good way; *
neither does he abhor anything that is evil.
Your mercy, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains; your judgments are like the great deep: *
you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.
How excellent is your mercy, O God! *
The children of men shall take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of your house; *
and you shall give them drink from your pleasures as out of a river.
For with you is the well of life; *
and in your light shall we see light.
O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.
O let not the foot of the proud come against me, *
and let not the hand of the ungodly cast me down.
There have they fallen, all those who work wickedness; *
they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.