Compare Translations for Psalm 32:9

Psalm 32:9 ASV
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, [Else] they will not come near unto thee.
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Psalm 32:9 BBE
Do not be like the horse or the ass, without sense; ...
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Psalm 32:9 CEB
Don't be like some senseless horse or mule, whose movement must be controlled with a bit and a bridle. Don't be anything like that!
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Psalm 32:9 CJB
Don't be like a horse or mule that has no understanding, that has to be curbed with bit and bridle, or else it won't come near you.
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Psalm 32:9 RHE
(31-9) Do not become like the horse and the mule, who have no understanding. With bit and bridle bind fast their jaws, who come not near unto thee.
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Psalm 32:9 ESV
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
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Psalm 32:9 GW
Don't be stubborn like a horse or mule. [They need] a bit and bridle in their mouth to restrain them, or they will not come near you."
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Psalm 32:9 GNT
Don't be stupid like a horse or a mule, which must be controlled with a bit and bridle to make it submit."
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Psalm 32:9 HNV
Don't be like the horse, or like the mule, which have no understanding, Whose are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you.
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Psalm 32:9 CSB
Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle, or else it will not come near you.
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Psalm 32:9 KJV
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.
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Psalm 32:9 LEB
Do not be like a horse [or] like a mule, without understanding; [that needs] his tackle--bridle and rein--for restraint [or he would not] come near you.
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Psalm 32:9 NAS
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.
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Psalm 32:9 NCV
So don't be like a horse or donkey, that doesn't understand. They must be led with bits and reins, or they will not come near you."
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Psalm 32:9 NIRV
Don't be like the horse or the mule. They can't understand anything. They have to be controlled by bits and bridles. If they aren't, they won't come to you.
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Psalm 32:9 NIV
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
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Psalm 32:9 NKJV
Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.
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Psalm 32:9 NLT
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."
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Psalm 32:9 NRS
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
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Psalm 32:9 RSV
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not keep with you.
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Psalm 32:9 DBY
Be ye not as a horse, as a mule, which have no understanding: whose trappings must be bit and bridle, for restraint, or they will not come unto thee.
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Psalm 32:9 MSG
"Don't be ornery like a horse or mule that needs bit and bridle to stay on track."
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Psalm 32:9 WBT
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 to thee.
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Psalm 32:9 TMB
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 not come near unto thee."
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Psalm 32:9 TNIV
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
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Psalm 32:9 WEB
Don't be like the horse, or like the mule, which have no understanding, Whose are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you.
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Psalm 32:9 WYC
Do not ye be made as an horse and mule; to which is none understanding. Lord, constrain thou the cheeks of them with a barnacle and bridle; that (they) nigh not to thee. (Do not ye be made like a horse or a mule; which have no understanding, or reasoning ability. Their mouths must be constrained with a bit and a bridle; so that they finally submit to where they should go.)
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Psalm 32:9 YLT
Be ye not as a horse -- as a mule, Without understanding, With bridle and bit, its ornaments, to curb, Not to come near unto thee.
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Psalms 32 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 32

The happiness of a pardoned sinner. (1,2) The misery that went before, and the comfort that followed the confession of sins. (3-7) Sinners instructed, believers encouraged. (8-11)

Verses 1-2 Sin is the cause of our misery; but the true believer's transgressions of the Divine law are all forgiven, being covered with the atonement. Christ bare his sins, therefore they are not imputed to him. The righteousness of Christ being reckoned to us, and we being made the righteousness of God in him, our iniquity is not imputed, God having laid upon him the iniquity of us all, and made him a sin-offering for us. Not to impute sin, is God's act, for he is the Judge. It is God that justifies. Notice the character of him whose sins are pardoned; he is sincere, and seeks sanctification by the power of the Holy Ghost. He does not profess to repent, with an intention to indulge in sin, because the Lord is ready to forgive. He will not abuse the doctrine of free grace. And to the man whose iniquity is forgiven, all manner of blessings are promised.

Verses 3-7 It is very difficult to bring sinful man humbly to accept free mercy, with a full confession of his sins and self-condemnation. But the true and only way to peace of conscience, is, to confess our sins, that they may be forgiven; to declare them that we may be justified. Although repentance and confession do not merit the pardon of transgression, they are needful to the real enjoyment of forgiving mercy. And what tongue can tell the happiness of that hour, when the soul, oppressed by sin, is enabled freely to pour forth its sorrows before God, and to take hold of his covenanted mercy in Christ Jesus! Those that would speed in prayer, must seek the Lord, when, by his providence, he calls them to seek him, and, by his Spirit, stirs them up to seek him. In a time of finding, when the heart is softened with grief, and burdened with guilt; when all human refuge fails; when no rest can be found to the troubled mind, then it is that God applies the healing balm by his Spirit.

Verses 8-11 God teaches by his word, and guides with the secret intimations of his will. David gives a word of caution to sinners. The reason for this caution is, that the way of sin will certainly end in sorrow. Here is a word of comfort to saints. They may see that a life of communion with God is far the most pleasant and comfortable. Let us rejoice, O Lord Jesus, in thee, and in thy salvation; so shall we rejoice indeed.

Psalms 32 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 32

Psalms 32:1-11 . Maschil--literally, "A Psalm of David giving instruction." The Psalmist describes the blessings of His forgiveness, succeeding the pains of conviction, and deduces from his own experience instruction and exhortation to others.

1, 2. (Compare Romans 4:6 ).
forgiven--literally, "taken away," opposed to retain ( John 20:23 ).
covered--so that God no longer regards the sin ( Psalms 85:3 ).

2. imputeth--charge to him, and treat him accordingly.
no guile--or, deceit, no false estimate of himself, nor insincerity before God (compare Romans 8:1 ).

3, 4. A vivid description of felt, but unacknowledged, sin.
When--literally, "for," as in Psalms 32:4 .

4. thy hand--of God, or power in distressing him ( Psalms 38:2 ).
moisture--vital juices of the body, the parching heat of which expresses the anguish of the soul. On the other figures, compare Psalms 6:2 Psalms 6:7 , 31:9-11 . If composed on the occasion of the fifty-first Psalm, this distress may have been protracted for several months.

5. A prompt fulfilment of the purposed confession is followed by a prompt forgiveness.

6. For this--that is, my happy experience.
godly--pious in the sense of Psalms 4:3 .
a time--( Isaiah 55:6 ); when God's Spirit inclines us to seek pardon, He is ready to forgive.
floods, &c.--denotes great danger ( Psalms 18:17 , 66:12 ).

7. His experience illustrates the statement of Psalms 32:6 .

8. Whether, as most likely, the language of David (compare Psalms 51:13 ), or that of God, this is a promise of divine guidance.
I will . . . mine eye--or, My eye shall be on thee, watching and directing thy way.

9. The latter clause, more literally, "in that they come not near thee"; that is, because they will not come, &c., unless forced by bit and bridle.

10. The sorrows of the impenitent contrasted with the peace and safety secured by God's mercy.

11. The righteous and upright, or those conforming to the divine teaching for securing the divine blessing, may well rejoice with shouting.