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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 32

Introduction

1Blessedness consists in remission of sins.
3Confession of sins gives ease to the conscience.
8God's promises bring joy.

Verse 1

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
A. M. 2970. B.C. 1034. (Title.) or, A Psalm of David giving instruction
42:1; 45:1; 52:1; 53:1; 55:1; *titles
Blessed
1:1,2; 40:4; 84:12; 89:15; 106:3; 119:1,2; 128:1; Jeremiah 17:7,8; Matthew 5:3-12; 16:17; Luke 11:28; Revelation 22:14
transgression
Isaiah 1:18; 43:25; 44:22; Micah 7:18,19; Acts 13:38,39; Romans 4:6-8
covered
85:2; Nehemiah 4:5
Reciprocal: Leviticus 4:10 - peace offerings; 2 Samuel 12:13 - The Lord; Psalm 25:18 - forgive; Psalm 37:22 - Blessed; Psalm 103:3 - forgiveth; Proverbs 17:9 - that covereth; Isaiah 40:2 - that her iniquity; Ezekiel 18:22 - his transgressions; Zechariah 3:4 - I have; Matthew 6:12 - forgive; Matthew 9:2 - be; Matthew 11:6 - blessed; Mark 2:5 - sins; Luke 7:42 - he; Luke 11:4 - forgive us; Acts 3:19 - that; Acts 26:18 - that they; Romans 4:7 - General; 2 Corinthians 5:19 - not; Ephesians 1:7 - the forgiveness; Colossians 1:14 - the; Colossians 2:13 - having; Hebrews 12:6 - whom; James 5:20 - hide; 1 Peter 4:14 - happy; 1 John 2:12 - your

Verse 2

Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
The Lord
Leviticus 17:4; Romans 5:13; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21
whose
John 1:47; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 1 Peter 2:1,2; Revelation 14:5
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 12:13 - The Lord; 2 Samuel 19:19 - Let not; 2 Kings 20:3 - in truth; 2 Chronicles 6:29 - know; Psalm 1:1 - Blessed; Psalm 32:11 - upright; Psalm 119:1 - Blessed; Psalm 119:80 - sound; Psalm 125:4 - upright; Isaiah 38:3 - I have; Ezekiel 18:22 - his transgressions; Zechariah 3:4 - I have; Matthew 5:3 - Blessed; Matthew 9:2 - be; Matthew 11:6 - blessed; John 4:23 - in truth; Acts 26:18 - that they; Romans 4:7 - General; 1 Corinthians 5:8 - but; Ephesians 1:7 - the forgiveness; Ephesians 4:15 - speaking the truth; Colossians 1:14 - the; 1 Peter 4:14 - happy; 1 John 2:12 - your

Verse 3

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
When
Genesis 3:8-19; 1 Samuel 31:13; 2 Samuel 11:27; 12:1-12; 21:12-14; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 57:17; Jeremiah 31:18,19; Luke 15:15,16
bones
6:2; 31:9,10; 38:3; 51:8; 102:3-5; Job 30:17,30; Lamentations 1:3; 3:4
roaring
22:1; 38:8; Job 3:24; Isaiah 51:20; 59:11; Lamentations 3:8; Hosea 7:14
Reciprocal: Leviticus 26:39 - shall pine; 2 Samuel 12:13 - I have sinned; 1 Kings 8:38 - the plague; 1 Chronicles 4:10 - that it may; 2 Chronicles 33:13 - he was entreated; Job 2:5 - put forth; Job 10:1 - I will speak; Job 16:16 - face; Job 19:20 - bone; Job 20:14 - his meat; Job 33:21 - His flesh; Psalm 6:7 - it waxeth; Psalm 22:15 - strength; Psalm 35:10 - All; Psalm 38:5 - My wounds; Psalm 55:2 - I mourn; Psalm 102:5 - the voice; Psalm 109:24 - my flesh; Psalm 116:3 - I found; Proverbs 17:22 - a broken; Proverbs 18:14 - but; Matthew 5:4 - General; Luke 15:18 - I have; Luke 22:32 - strengthen; Acts 9:11 - for; Romans 7:24 - wretched; 1 Corinthians 11:31 - General; James 4:7 - Submit

Verse 4

For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
hand
38:2-8; 39:10,11; 1 Samuel 5:6,7,9,11; 6:9; Job 16:21; 33:7
moisture
22:15; 90:6,7; 102:3,4; Job 30:30; Lamentations 4:8; 5:10
Reciprocal: Leviticus 26:39 - shall pine; Deuteronomy 2:15 - the hand of the; Ruth 1:13 - the hand; 1 Samuel 6:5 - lighten; 1 Kings 8:38 - the plague; 1 Chronicles 4:10 - that it may; Job 2:5 - put forth; Job 6:9 - that he would; Job 19:20 - bone; Job 20:14 - his meat; Job 33:21 - His flesh; Psalm 31:10 - bones; Psalm 102:5 - the voice; Psalm 109:24 - my flesh; Psalm 116:3 - I found; Proverbs 17:22 - a broken; Proverbs 18:14 - but; Ecclesiastes 2:23 - his heart; Isaiah 59:11 - roar; Ezekiel 39:21 - and my; Matthew 11:28 - all; Acts 13:11 - hand; Romans 7:24 - wretched; 1 Thessalonians 2:9 - night

Verse 5

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
acknowledged
38:18; 51:3-5; Leviticus 26:39,40; Joshua 7:19; 2 Samuel 12:13; 24:10; Job 33:27; Proverbs 28:13; Jeremiah 3:13; 1 John 1:8-10
have
Job 31:33; Proverbs 30:20; Jeremiah 2:23,35; Luke 16:15
I said
Isaiah 65:24; Hosea 6:1; Luke 15:17-19,21
forgavest
30:5; 86:5,15; 103:3; 2 Samuel 12:13; Isaiah 65:24; Jeremiah 31:20; Luke 7:47; Luke 15:20-23; Ephesians 4:32
iniquity
51:4; 2 Samuel 12:9,13; Malachi 3:8
Reciprocal: Leviticus 5:5 - confess; Leviticus 16:21 - confess over; Numbers 5:7 - confess; 1 Chronicles 21:8 - I have sinned; Ezra 10:1 - when he had; Ezra 10:11 - make confession; Nehemiah 1:6 - confess; Psalm 34:2 - the humble; Psalm 41:4 - Lord; Psalm 51:13 - Then; Psalm 66:16 - and I will; Psalm 119:26 - declared; Jeremiah 14:20 - We acknowledge; Daniel 9:4 - made; Daniel 9:20 - whiles; Matthew 3:6 - confessing; Mark 1:5 - confessing; Luke 5:21 - Who can; Luke 15:18 - will arise; Luke 23:43 - To day; Acts 1:15 - Peter; Acts 19:18 - confessed; 2 Corinthians 1:4 - that; 1 John 1:9 - we confess

Verse 6

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
For this
34:2-5; 40:3; 51:12,13; 2 Corinthians 1:4; 1 Timothy 1:16
godly
4:3; 2 Corinthians 7:9,10; Titus 2:12
pray
Proverbs 1:28; Isaiah 49:8; 55:6; Luke 19:42-44; John 7:34; 2 Corinthians 6:2
a time, etc
Heb. a time of finding. in the floods.
42:7; 69:1,2,13-15; 124:4,5; Genesis 7:17-22; Isaiah 43:2; Matthew 7:24-27; Revelation 12:15,16
Reciprocal: Exodus 22:28 - the gods; Joshua 2:22 - found them not; 2 Samuel 22:17 - he drew; Psalm 27:5 - For in; Psalm 66:16 - and I will; Psalm 91:7 - General; Isaiah 54:17 - every; Jeremiah 29:14 - I will be; Ezekiel 13:11 - there shall; Hosea 5:10 - like; Amos 9:5 - shall rise; Zephaniah 2:3 - hid; Matthew 5:25 - whiles; Luke 6:48 - the flood; Luke 12:58 - give; Luke 13:25 - once; Acts 1:15 - Peter; 2 Peter 2:9 - the godly

Verse 7

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
my
9:9; 27:5; 31:20; 119:114; 143:9; Jeremiah 36:26; Colossians 3:3
compass
10; 5:12; 18:5
songs
40:3; 98:1; Exodus 15:1-3; Judges 5:1; 2 Samuel 22:1; Revelation 7:10; 15:2,3
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 32:10 - he instructed; Joshua 2:22 - found them not; 1 Samuel 23:14 - but God; 2 Samuel 22:3 - my refuge; Psalm 42:8 - in the night; Psalm 68:19 - daily; Psalm 91:1 - dwelleth; Psalm 121:4 - he that; Isaiah 26:20 - enter; Isaiah 30:29 - Ye shall; Isaiah 32:2 - an hiding; Jeremiah 50:6 - have forgotten; Daniel 6:27 - delivereth; Zephaniah 2:3 - hid; Luke 8:38 - besought; 2 Corinthians 1:4 - that; Colossians 3:16 - and spiritual

Verse 8

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
instruct
34:11; Proverbs 3:1; 4:1-13; 8:10,11; Matthew 11:29
I will guide, etc
Heb. I will counsel thee, mine eye shall be upon thee.
25:9,10; 33:18; Proverbs 3:5,6; Isaiah 49:10
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:7 - angel; Genesis 24:48 - led me; Genesis 26:3 - Sojourn; Exodus 18:20 - the way; Numbers 9:17 - and in the; Numbers 9:22 - abode; Numbers 10:31 - instead of eyes; Deuteronomy 4:37 - in his sight; 1 Samuel 23:2 - inquired; 1 Kings 8:36 - thou teach; Ezra 5:5 - But the eye; Job 6:24 - Teach me; Job 34:32 - which; Psalm 25:12 - him; Psalm 51:13 - Then; Psalm 73:24 - Thou; Psalm 119:133 - Order; Psalm 121:4 - he that; Psalm 143:8 - cause me; Proverbs 2:9 - General; Proverbs 8:20 - lead; Isaiah 8:11 - instructed; Isaiah 30:21 - when ye turn to the right; Isaiah 48:17 - which leadeth; Isaiah 58:11 - the Lord; Isaiah 61:8 - I will direct; Jeremiah 35:13 - Will; Revelation 3:18 - counsel

Verse 9

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Be ye
Proverbs 26:3; Jeremiah 31:18; James 3:3; 4:7-10
no
Job 35:11; Jeremiah 4:22; 8:6,7
Reciprocal: Exodus 4:12 - General; 2 Kings 19:28 - I will put; Job 41:13 - double; Psalm 25:9 - guide; Psalm 73:22 - as a; Psalm 92:6 - A brutish; Proverbs 10:13 - a rod; Proverbs 12:1 - he that; Isaiah 30:28 - a bridle; Isaiah 37:29 - will I; Jeremiah 35:13 - Will; James 1:26 - bridleth

Verse 10

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Many
16:4; 34:19-21; 140:11; Proverbs 13:21; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Isaiah 3:11; 57:21; Romans 2:8,9; 1 Timothy 6:10
but
2:12; 5:12; 34:8; 40:4; 84:12; 146:5; 147:11; Proverbs 16:20; Isaiah 12:2,3; Jeremiah 17:7,8
Reciprocal: Job 21:17 - distributeth; Psalm 7:1 - in; Psalm 13:5 - But; Psalm 32:7 - compass; Psalm 33:21 - For; Psalm 33:22 - General; Psalm 71:21 - comfort; Isaiah 50:11 - ye shall; 1 Corinthians 1:28 - to bring

Verse 11

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Be glad
33:1; 64:10; 68:3; 97:12; Deuteronomy 12:12; 1 Samuel 2:1; Romans 5:11; Philippians 3:1,3; 4:4
shout
5:11; 97:1; 98:4; Ezra 3:11-13; Zechariah 4:7
upright
2; 125:4 Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 12:18 - rejoice; 2 Chronicles 7:10 - glad; 2 Chronicles 15:15 - rejoiced; 2 Chronicles 29:30 - they sang; Job 8:21 - rejoicing; Psalm 11:2 - the upright; Psalm 30:4 - Sing; Psalm 33:21 - For; Psalm 100:1 - Make; Psalm 104:34 - I will be; Psalm 118:15 - voice; Psalm 140:13 - Surely; Psalm 145:10 - and thy saints; Joel 2:23 - rejoice; Luke 2:28 - and; Acts 20:27 - all; Hebrews 10:22 - a true

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 32". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-32.html.