Psalms 51:8

8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Psalms 51:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice.
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing.
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 Let me hear [sounds of] joy and gladness. Let the bones that you have broken dance.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 Let me hear you say, "Your sins are forgiven." That will bring me joy and gladness. Let the body you have broken be glad.

Psalms 51:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 51:8

Make me to hear joy and gladness
Which he had not heard for some time; sin had sadly broke in upon and interrupted his spiritual peace and joy; for though the love and favour of God cannot be lost, yet his sensible presence, which puts joy and gladness into the heart, may; and though an interest in Christ ever continues, and union to him is always the same; yet a view of interest in him, which fills with joy unspeakable and full of glory, and communion with him, may not be had for a time: and though justification by his righteousness, from whence flows much peace, is an invariable blessing; yet the comfortable perception of it may be taken away: and though salvation by Christ is a certain thing, yet the joy of it may be lost for a season; which was now the case of the psalmist: and when he desires that God would cause him to hear joy and gladness, his meaning is, that he might have that made known unto him; namely, the forgiveness of his sins, which would give him joy: not by an articulate voice from heaven, which he did not expect; nor by an angel from thence, which was not usual; but by the prophet, who as yet might not have declared to him that God had put away his sin; or, if he had, he might desire to have it repeated, for his fuller assurance, and greater joy; or by his Spirit, in an impulse on his mind, saying to him, thy sins are forgiven thee; which would give him great joy, fulness of it, even what is inconceivable and inexpressible, signified by these two words, "joy" and "gladness";

[that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice:
a backsliding believer is not only like a bone out of joint, ( Galatians 6:1 ) ; but his falls are sometimes both to the bruising of him, and to the breaking of his bones; of which when he is sensible, the quick sense of his sin is as the pain of a broken bone; see ( Psalms 38:3 Psalms 38:6 Psalms 38:8 Psalms 38:9 ) ; and here the breaking of them is ascribed to God; not that he is the cause or occasion of falling into sin, which breaks the bones, ( James 1:13 ) ; but of afflictions, corrections, and chastisements for sin, which are sometimes expressed by this phrase, ( Isaiah 38:13 ) ( Lamentations 3:4 Lamentations 3:16 ) ; and which David was threatened with, and gave him great uneasiness; and of the menaces and threatenings of the law, which being let into his conscience, worked wrath and terror there; and also of that true contrition of heart, and brokenness of spirit, which the Lord produces, and can only cure, by the discoveries of pardoning grace; which affects the whole frame of nature, the report of which makes the bones fat, and all of them to say, who is a God like unto thee? ( Proverbs 15:30 ) ( Psalms 35:9 Psalms 35:10 ) .

Psalms 51:8 In-Context

6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 35:10; Jeremiah 33:11; Joel 1:16
  • 2. S Exodus 12:46
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