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Psalm 32:2

ESV Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
NIV Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
NASB How blessed is a person whose guilt the Lord does not take into account, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!
CSB How joyful is a person whom the Lord does not charge with iniquity and in whose spirit is no deceit!
NLT Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
KJV Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

What does Psalm 32:2 mean?

In this verse David writes again (Psalms 32:1) about the blessedness of the person whom God has forgiven. He most likely is thinking of his own experience (Psalm 32:3) with deep moral failure (2 Samuel 11—12). David resisted admitting his own guilt and suffered the consequences.

The word iniquity means something twisted or warped, or to a path which deviates from the intended course. Sinning reveals a twisted heart and mind (Jeremiah 17:9). Instead of hating sin and resisting temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), the sinful heart and mind are warped. It sees sin as desirable instead of destructive. But the repentant believer (John 3:16–18) receives full pardon for his sin (John 3:36). That full pardon requires an admission of guilt, however—to stubbornly ignore our own sin is to leave our relationship with God strained (1 John 1:8–10).

According to this verse, the Lord does not count moral errors against the believer who honestly and sincerely confesses them. This statement reminds us the believer is justified: standing before God just as if the sin had never occurred at all. Romans 3:24 affirms that believers "are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 1:6–7 attributes the blessings of forgiveness and acceptance to redemption which only comes through the blood of Christ. David experienced forgiveness when he stopped being deceitful (Psalm 51:3–4).
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