How to be emulated are those whose rebellions are forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
How to be emulated are those to whom Yahweh does not attribute iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no trickery.
When I was silent,
my bones wasted away with my groaning all the day long.
For by day and by night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was overturned as if by the heat of summer. Selah
Then I confessed my sin to you,
and I did not cover up my iniquity;
I said, "I will confess my rebellions to Yahweh,"
and you forgave my sinful iniquity.
Summoning of the pious to prayer:
On account of this, let every pious person offer a prayer to you at a time of stress;
even if mighty waters overflow, they will not reach such a person.
You are a place for me to hide;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with ringing cries of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should live;
I will give counsel to you, with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without common sense,
whose gallop must be checked by bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
Many are the pains of the wicked,
but divine loyalty surrounds those who trust in Yahweh.
Be glad in Yahweh and rejoice, O righteous,
and give a ringing cheer, all you who are upright of heart.
This was Augustine's favorite psalm, and he read from it frequently. Shortly before his death he had it inscribed on the wall by his sickbed so that he could be stimulated and comforted by its words.
Word Biblical Commentary, 19, 268