Psalm 32:10
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New International Version
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.

New Living Translation
Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.

English Standard Version
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.

King James Bible
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the LORD will have faithful love surrounding him.

International Standard Version
The wicked have many sorrows, but gracious love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.

NET Bible
An evil person suffers much pain, but the LORD's faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Many are the afflictions of the evil one, and grace will surround him who hopes in Lord Jehovah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many heartaches await wicked people, but mercy surrounds those who trust the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There are many sorrows for the wicked; but he that waits in the LORD, mercy shall compass him round about.

King James 2000 Bible
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.

American King James Version
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusts in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

American Standard Version
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he that trusteth in Jehovah, lovingkindness shall compass him about.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Many are the scourges of the sinner, but mercy shall encompass him that hopeth in the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Many sorrows hath the wicked; but he that confideth in Jehovah, loving-kindness shall encompass him.

English Revised Version
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

Webster's Bible Translation
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall encompass him.

World English Bible
Many sorrows come to the wicked, but loving kindness shall surround him who trusts in Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
Many are the pains of the wicked; As to him who is trusting in Jehovah, Kindness doth compass him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:8-11 God teaches by his word, and guides with the secret intimations of his will. David gives a word of caution to sinners. The reason for this caution is, that the way of sin will certainly end in sorrow. Here is a word of comfort to saints. They may see that a life of communion with God is far the most pleasant and comfortable. Let us rejoice, O Lord Jesus, in thee, and in thy salvation; so shall we rejoice indeed.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Many sorrows shall be to the wicked. A further warning to those addressed in the preceding verse. The LXX. emphasize this by substituting for the generic "sorrows" the specific μάστιγες, "lashes," the usual punishment of the horse and mule. But he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about (comp. Deuteronomy 32:10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked,.... Who will not be instructed and reformed, but are like the horse and mule, without understanding; many outward sorrows or afflictions attend them; loathsome and consuming diseases come upon their bodies by intemperance and debauchery; and they and their families are brought to a piece of bread, through their vicious courses; and inward sorrows, horror and terror of mind, seize them when their consciences are at any time awakened, and are open to conviction; when a load of guilt lies on them, what remorse of conscience they feel! and what severe reflections do they make! and how are they pierced through with many sorrows! And though indeed, for the most part, wicked men have their good things in this life, and are in prosperous circumstances, and are not in trouble, as other men; yet what they have is with a curse; and they have no true peace, pleasure, and satisfaction in what they enjoy; and the curses of a righteous law; and everlasting destruction is prepared for them in the other world, when they will have many sorrows indeed; their worm will not die, and the fire of divine fury will not be quenched; there will be for ever indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that does evil;

but he that trusteth in the Lord; not in his wealth and riches, in his wisdom and strength, in himself, and his own righteousness; for such are wicked persons; but in the Lord; in his righteousness to justify him, in his blood to pardon him, in his strength to support him, and in his grace to supply him with everything necessary for him;

mercy shall compass him about; not only follow him and overtake him, but surround him; he shall be crowned with lovingkindness and tender mercies: the phrase denotes the abundance of mercies that shall be bestowed upon him here and hereafter, as both grace and glory.

The Treasury of David

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalm 32:10

"Many sorrows shall be to the wicked." Like refractory horses and mules, they have many cuts and bruises. Here and hereafter the portion of the wicked is undesirable. Their joys are evanescent, their sorrows are multiplying and ripening. He who sows sin will reap sorrow in heavy sheaves. Sorrows of conscience, of disappointment, of terror, are the sinner's sure heritage in time, and then for ever sorrows of remorse and despair. Let those who boast of present sinful joys, remember the shall be of the future, and take warning. "But he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about." Faith is here placed as the opposite of wickedness, since it is the source of virtue. Faith in God is the great charmer of life's cares, and he who possesses it, dwells in an atmosphere of grace, surrounded with a body-guard of mercies. May it be given to us of the Lord at all times to believe in the mercy of God, even when we cannot see traces of its working, for to the believer, mercy is as all-surrounding as omniscience, and every thought and act of God is perfumed with it. The wicked have a hive of wasps around them, many sorrows; but we have a swarm of bees storing honey for us.

Psalm 32:11

"Be glad." Happiness is not only our privilege, but our duty. Truly we serve a generous God, since he makes it a part of our obedience to be joyful. How sinful are our rebellious murmurings! How natural does it seem that a man blest with forgiveness should be glad! We read of one who died at the foot of the scaffold of overjoy at the receipt of his monarch's pardon; and shall we receive the free pardon of the King of kings and yet pine in inexcusable sorrow? "In the Lord." Here is the directory by which gladness is preserved from levity. We are not to be glad in sin, or to find comfort in corn, and wine, and oil, but in our God is to be the garden of our soul's delight. That there is a God and such a God, and that he is ours, ours for ever, our Father and our reconciled Lord, is matter enough for a never-ending Psalm of rapturous joy. "And rejoice, ye righteous," redouble your rejoicing, peal upon peal. Since God has clothed his choristers in the white garments of holiness, let them not restrain their joyful voices, but sing aloud and shout as those who find great spoil. "And shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart." Our happiness should be demonstrative; chill penury of love often represses the noble flame of joy, and men whisper their praises decorously where a hearty outburst of song would be far more natural. It is to be feared that the church of the present day, through a craving for excessive propriety, is growing too artificial; so that enquirers' cries and believers' shouts would be silenced if they were heard in our assemblies. This may be better than boisterous fanaticism, but there is as much danger in the one direction as the other. For our part, we are touched to the heart by a little sacred excess, and when godly men in their joy overleap the narrow bounds of decorum, we do not, like Michal, Saul's daughter, eye them with a sneering heart. Note how the pardoned are represented as upright, righteous, and without guile; a man may have many faults and yet be saved, but a false heart is everywhere the damning mark. A man of twisting, shifty ways, of a crooked, crafty nature, is not saved, and in all probability never will be; for the ground which brings forth a harvest when grace is sown in it, may be weedy and waste, but our Lord tells us it is honest and good ground. Our observation has been that men of double tongues and tricky ways are the least likely of all men to be saved: certainly where grace comes it restores man's mind to its perpendicular, and delivers him from being doubled up with vice, twisted with craft, or bent with dishonesty.

Reader, what a delightful Psalm! Have you, in perusing it, been able to claim a lot in the goodly land? If so, publish to others the way of salvation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. The sorrows of the impenitent contrasted with the peace and safety secured by God's mercy.

Psalm 32:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed is He who is Forgiven
9Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you. 10Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him. 11Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.
Cross References
Romans 2:9
There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;

Genesis 19:16
When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 5:12
Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 16:4
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.

Psalm 33:18
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

Proverbs 13:21
Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.

Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

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