Psalm 32:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 32:8, NIV: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 32:8, ESV: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8, KJV: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Psalm 32:8, NASB: I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will advise you with My eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8, NLT: The LORD says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

Psalm 32:8, CSB: I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel.

What does Psalm 32:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Prior verses noted the blessing of being forgiven of sin (Psalm 32:1–4) and the painful experience which comes from resisting God's conviction of sin (Psalm 32:5–7). Here, the advice being given might come from God, or from David. The practical application is the same, regardless of who is meant to be speaking these words. Commentators differ on which is intended but agree on the overall meaning of the passage.

Those who follow godly wisdom (Proverbs 1:7) can expect to learn the best way to live life (Proverbs 8:34–36). David disregarded God's plan by sinning (Psalm 51:1). A loving parent keeps his eyes on his child. He sees where the child endangers himself, perhaps by not looking as he crosses the street. Then the parent calls to the child and tells him what to do.

How does the Lord teach and guide believers? Jesus said He goes before His sheep and they follow Him (John 10:4). The apostle Peter indicates that Christ left us an example, so that we might follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21). Jesus' life and complete submission to the Father, therefore, teaches and guides believers. Further, the Scriptures provide instruction so believers can be what God wants them to be and do what He wants them to do (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Psalm 119:105 testifies, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." And, of course, the indwelling Holy Spirit guides and transforms believers (Romans 8:26–30; 1 Corinthains 2:10–16; Philippians 2:12–13).