Psalms 65:3

3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave[a] our transgressions.

Psalms 65:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 Our sins too much for us - but you get rid of them once and for all.
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 Iniquities prevail against me: As for our transgressions, thou wilt forgive them.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 Various sins overwhelm me. You are the one who forgives our rebellious acts.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 Iniquities overwhelm me; only You can atone for our rebellions.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 When our sins became too much for us, you forgave our lawless acts.

Psalms 65:3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 65:3

Iniquities prevail against me
Or, "are mightier than I" {h}; this may be understood either of the iniquities of others, his enemies; their "words of iniquities" F9 or iniquitous words, as in the Hebrew text; their calumnies, reproaches, false charges, and accusations, which prevailed against David in Saul's court; or rather his own iniquities, inward lusts, indwelling sins, as well as open transgressions, which he considers as his enemies, as numerous and powerful, too mighty for him, which warred against him, and sometimes got the better of him, and threatened him with utter ruin and destruction; but amidst all this he spies atonement and pardon through the blood and sacrifice of Christ, as follows;

[as for] our transgressions, thou shall purge them away;
not only his own, but others, which Christ has done by the sacrifice of himself; and when his blood is applied to the conscience of a sensible sinner, it purges it from all his sins, ( Hebrews 1:3 ) ( 9:14 ) ; it may be rendered, "thou shall expiate them", or "make atonement for them" F11; which Christ, our propitiation, has done: this was the work appointed him, which he undertook, came into the world to do, and has performed, ( Daniel 9:24 ) ( Hebrews 2:17 ) ( 9:26 ) ; or "thou shalt cover them"; with the blood and righteousness of Christ; or forgive them for the sake of them, ( Psalms 32:1 Psalms 32:2 ) .


F8 (ynm) "prae me", Muis, Michaelis.
F9 (tnwe yrbd) "verba iniquitatum", Montanus, Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.
F11 (Mrpkt) "propitiaberis", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "expiabis", Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Psalms 65:3 In-Context

1 Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.
2 You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.
3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.
4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.
5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 40:12; Psalms 38:4
  • 2. Psalms 79:9; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:14

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "made atonement for"
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