Psalm 32:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 32:6, NIV: Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.

Psalm 32:6, ESV: Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.

Psalm 32:6, KJV: For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Psalm 32:6, NASB: Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Certainly in a flood of great waters, they will not reach him.

Psalm 32:6, NLT: Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.

Psalm 32:6, CSB: Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to you immediately. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.

What does Psalm 32:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

No one should procrastinate about calling on the name of the Lord. In this context, "calling" on Him means to seek God in sincerity and prayer, admitting our sin and repenting (2 Corinthians 7:9–10; Romans 10:13). Proverbs 27:1 warns against thinking tomorrow is secure. "Do not boast about tomorrow," this verse instructs, adding, "for you do not know what a day may bring." A person who thinks they can wait to submit to God until later is playing a dangerous, foolish game (Luke 12:19–20).

That sense of urgency is implied when David urges the godly pray to the Lord when He "may be found." Flooding is a common metaphor for great troubles or unexpected catastrophes. Although the Lord doesn't spare believers from every earthly trouble (John 16:33), He works everything for their good (Romans 8:28–30). Trials are not meant to crush believers, but to reveal the genuineness of their faith (1 Peter 1:6–7). Job encountered many tragedies and hardships; these were catastrophic, but not insurmountable or without purpose. They led to a revelation of God's power and glory and to a double blessing for Job (Job 42:10–17).