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Psalms 32:2

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32:2 How blessed is the one 1  whose wrongdoing the Lord does not punish, 2 

in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 

Psalms 41:7

Context

41:7 All who hate me whisper insults about me to one another; 4 

they plan ways to harm me.

1 tn Heb “man.” The word choice reflects the perspective of the psalmist, who is male. The principle of the psalm is certainly applicable to all people, regardless of their gender or age. To facilitate modern application, the gender and age specific “man” has been translated with the more neutral “one.”

2 tn Heb “blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord does not impute wrongdoing.”

3 sn In whose spirit there is no deceit. The point is not that the individual is sinless and pure. In this context, which focuses on confession and forgiveness of sin, the psalmist refers to one who refuses to deny or hide his sin, but instead honestly confesses it to God.

4 tn Heb “together against me they whisper, all those who hate me.” The Hitpael of לָחַשׁ (lakhash) refers here to whispering to one another (see 2 Sam 12:19).



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