My offenses would be sealed up 1 in a bag; 2 you would cover over 3 my sin.
How many are my 1 iniquities and sins? Show me my transgression and my sin. 2
if 1 I have covered my transgressions as men do, 2 by hiding 3 iniquity in my heart, 4
Deliver me from all my sins of rebellion! Do not make me the object of fools’ insults!
For I am aware of 1 my rebellious acts; I am forever conscious of my sin. 2
Jacob became angry 1 and argued with Laban. “What did I do wrong?” he demanded of Laban. 2 “What sin of mine prompted you to chase after me in hot pursuit? 3
And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust, 1 and you will seek me diligently, 2 but I will be gone.”
Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, “I will confess 1 my rebellious acts to the Lord.” And then you forgave my sins. 2 (Selah)
For look, they wait to ambush me; 1 powerful men stalk 2 me, but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord. 3
נ (Nun) My sins are bound around my neck like a yoke; 1 they are fastened together by his hand. He has placed his yoke 2 on my neck; 3 he has sapped my strength. 4 The Lord 5 has handed me over 6 to those whom I cannot resist.
ת (Tav) Let all their wickedness come before you; afflict 1 them just as you have afflicted 2 me 3 because of all my acts of rebellion. 4 For my groans are many, and my heart is sick with sorrow. 5
This is what the Lord says: “Because Damascus has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth. 4
This is what the Lord says: “Because Gaza 1 has committed three crimes 2 – make that four! 3 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 4 They deported a whole community 5 and sold them 6 to Edom.
This is what the Lord says: “Because Moab has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They burned the bones of Edom’s king into lime. 4
This is what the Lord says: “Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They sold the innocent 4 for silver, the needy for a pair of sandals. 5
“Certainly when 1 I punish Israel for their 2 covenant transgressions, 3 I will destroy 4 Bethel’s 5 altars. The horns 6 of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
Residents of Lachish, 1 hitch the horses to the chariots! You 2 influenced Daughter Zion 3 to sin, 4 for Israel’s rebellious deeds can be traced back 5 to you!
Will the Lord accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil? Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion, my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? 1
For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David’s affair with Bathsheba. 2 Have mercy on me, O God, because of 3 your loyal love! Because of 4 your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! 5
This is what the Lord says: “Because Tyre has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They sold 4 a whole community 5 to Edom; they failed to observe 6 a treaty of brotherhood. 7