Psalm 32:9
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New International Version
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

New Living Translation
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."

English Standard Version
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

New American Standard Bible
Do 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.

King James Bible
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you.

International Standard Version
Don't be like a horse or mule, without understanding. They are held in check by a bit and bridle in their mouths; otherwise they will not remain near you.

NET Bible
Do not be like an unintelligent horse or mule, which will not obey you unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be like the horse, or like the mule, which have no understanding, who are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You shall not be like a horse or like a mule which are not wise, which are tamed with a bit from their youth, and they do not go near it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be stubborn like a horse or mule. [They need] a bit and bridle in their mouth to restrain them, or they will not come near you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, That they come not near unto thee.

New American Standard 1977
Do 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be ye not as the horse or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in subjection with bit and bridle, or they will not come near unto thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, else they come not near unto you.

American King James Version
Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near to you.

American Standard Version
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, Else they will not come near unto thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do not become like the horse and the mule, who have no understanding. With bit and bridle bind fast their jaws, who come not near unto thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Be ye not as a horse, as a mule, which have no understanding: whose trappings must be bit and bridle, for restraint, or they will not come unto thee.

English Revised Version
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, else they will not come near unto thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near to thee.

World English Bible
Don't be like the horse, or like the mule, which have no understanding, who are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you.

Young's Literal Translation
Be ye not as a horse -- as a mule, Without understanding, With bridle and bit, its ornaments, to curb, Not to come near unto thee.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who is Forgiven
8I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. 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.…
Cross References
James 3:3
When we put bits into the mouths of the horses to make them obey us, we can guide the whole animal.

Job 30:11
"Because He has loosed His bowstring and afflicted me, They have cast off the bridle before me.

Proverbs 26:3
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools.
Treasury of Scripture

Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near to you.

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Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

Jeremiah 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised …

James 3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; …

James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will …

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Job 35:11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser …

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Jeremiah 8:6,7 I listened and heard, but they spoke not aright: no man repented …

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