Psalms 32:2

2 Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Psalms 32:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
ESV
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
NLT
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
MSG
2 Count yourself lucky - God holds nothing against you and you're holding nothing back from him.
CSB
2 How happy is the man the Lord does not charge with sin, and in whose spirit is no deceit!

Psalms 32:2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 32:2

Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity,
&c.] Or "does not think of it" F14; with respect unto men, at least to the harm of them; his thoughts are thoughts of peace, and not of evil; their sins and iniquities he remembers no more; he does not charge them with them, he does not reckon them, or place them to their account, having imputed them to his Son; see ( 2 Corinthians 5:19 ) . The Apostle Paul interprets this as inclusive of the imputation of righteousness without works; even of the righteousness of Christ, in which the blessedness of a man lies, ( Romans 4:6-8 ) ; for such an one is accepted with God, is justified in his sight, and is secure from condemnation and wrath; it is well with him at all times, in life, at death, and at judgment; he is an heir of eternal life, will enter into it, and be for ever glorified;

and in whose spirit [there is] no guile:
for being thoroughly convinced of sin, he is sincere in his repentance for it, without deceit and hypocrisy in his confession of it; as David, the Apostle Paul, and the publican were, when they acknowledged themselves sinners; his faith, in looking to Christ for pardon and righteousness, is from the heart, and is unfeigned, and so is his profession of it before God, angels, and men; and whatever hypocrisy and guile are remaining in the old man, there is none in the new spirit put into him; in the new man, which is created in him, and which sinneth not: as the other phrases are expressive of pardon and justification, this points at internal sanctification, and which serves to complete the description of the happy man; such an one as David himself was; and this happiness he illustrates from his own experience in the following verses.


FOOTNOTES:

F14 (bvxy) "cogitat", Piscator; "cogitando reputavit", Gejerus; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 32:2 In-Context

1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Romans 4:7-8*; 2 Corinthians 5:19
  • 2. John 1:47; Revelation 14:5