1 [A melody] of David.
Happy is the one whose transgression is pardoned, whose sin is covered.
2 Happy is the man whom Jehovah does not charge with guilt, In whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away because of my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me. My strength evaporated like water in the dry summer heat.
5 Finally I confessed my sin to you; I did not cover my error. I said: “I will confess my transgressions to Jehovah.” And you pardoned the error of my sins.
6 This is why every loyal one will pray to you While you may yet be found. Then even the floodwaters will not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me; You will safeguard me from distress. You will surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance.
8 “I will give you insight and instruct you in the way you should go. I will give you advice with my eye upon you.
9 Do not become like a horse or a mule, without understanding, Whose spiritedness must be controlled with a bridle or a halter Before it will come near to you.”
10 Many are the pains of the wicked; But the one trusting in Jehovah is surrounded by His loyal love.
11 Rejoice in Jehovah and be joyful, you righteous ones; Shout joyfully, all you who are upright in heart.