Psalm 65:3
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New International Version
When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.

New Living Translation
Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.

English Standard Version
When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.

New American Standard Bible
Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You forgive them.

King James Bible
Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Iniquities overwhelm me; only You can atone for our rebellions.

International Standard Version
My acts of iniquity—they overwhelm me! Our transgressions—you blot them out!

NET Bible
Our record of sins overwhelms me, but you forgive our acts of rebellion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The words of the evil are stronger than I; you will cover my sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Various sins overwhelm me. You are the one who forgives our rebellious acts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Words of iniquity overwhelmed me, but thou shalt purge away our rebellion.

King James 2000 Bible
Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, you shall purge them away.

American King James Version
Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, you shall purge them away.

American Standard Version
Iniquities prevail against me: As for our transgressions, thou wilt forgive them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the wicked have prevailed over us: and thou wilt pardon our transgressions.

Darby Bible Translation
Iniquities have prevailed against me: our transgressions, thou wilt forgive them.

English Revised Version
Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Webster's Bible Translation
Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

World English Bible
Sins overwhelmed me, but you atoned for our transgressions.

Young's Literal Translation
Matters of iniquities were mightier than I, Our transgressions -- Thou dost cover them.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

65:1-5 All the praise the Lord receives from this earth is from Zion, being the fruit of the Spirit of Christ, and acceptable through him. Praise is silent unto thee, as wanting words to express the great goodness of God. He reveals himself upon a mercy-seat, ready to hear and answer the prayers of all who come unto him by faith in Jesus Christ. Our sins prevail against us; we cannot pretend to balance them with any righteousness of our own: yet, as for our transgressions, of thine own free mercy, and for the sake of a righteousness of thine own providing, we shall not come into condemnation for them. Observe what it is to come into communion with God in order to blessedness. It is to converse with him as one we love and value; it is to apply ourselves closely to religion as to the business of our dwelling-place. Observe how we come into communion with God; only by God's free choice. There is abundance of goodness in God's house, and what is satisfying to the soul; there is enough for all, enough for each: it is always ready; and all without money and without price. By faith and prayer we may keep up communion with God, and bring in comfort from him, wherever we are. But it is only through that blessed One, who approaches the Father as our Advocate and Surety, that sinners may expect or can find this happiness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Iniquities prevail against me. Not so much, perhaps, his own iniquities, as these of his nation. Compare the expression, "our transgressions," in the next clause. As for our trangressions, thou shalt purge them away; or, cover them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Iniquities prevail against me,.... Or, "are mightier than I" (h); this may be understood either of the iniquities of others, his enemies; their "words of iniquities" (i) or iniquitous words, as in the Hebrew text; their calumnies, reproaches, false charges, and accusations, which prevailed against David in Saul's court; or rather his own iniquities, inward lusts, indwelling sins, as well as open transgressions, which he considers as his enemies, as numerous and powerful, too mighty for him, which warred against him, and sometimes got the better of him, and threatened him with utter ruin and destruction; but amidst all this he spies atonement and pardon through the blood and sacrifice of Christ, as follows;

as for our transgressions, thou shall purge them away; not only his own, but others, which Christ has done by the sacrifice of himself; and when his blood is applied to the conscience of a sensible sinner, it purges it from all his sins, Hebrews 1:3; it may be rendered, "thou shall expiate them", or "make atonement for them" (k); which Christ, our propitiation, has done: this was the work appointed him, which he undertook, came into the world to do, and has performed, Daniel 9:24, Hebrews 2:17; or "thou shalt cover them"; with the blood and righteousness of Christ; or forgive them for the sake of them, Psalm 32:1.

(h) "prae me", Muis, Michaelis. (i) "verba iniquitatum", Montanus, Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. (k) "propitiaberis", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "expiabis", Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. God's mercy alone delivers us from the burden of iniquities, by purging or expiating by an atonement the transgressions with which we are charged, and which are denoted by—

Iniquities—or, literally, "Words of iniquities."

Psalm 65:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise Waits for You, God, in Zion
2O You who hear prayer, To You all men come. 3Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You forgive them. 4How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:43
Rejoice, you nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.

Psalm 38:4
My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

Psalm 40:12
For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.

Psalm 79:9
Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake.

Ezekiel 16:63
Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"
Treasury of Scripture

Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, you shall purge them away.

Iniquities [heb.] words or matters of iniquities
prevail

Psalm 38:4 For my iniquities are gone over my head: as an heavy burden they …

Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have …

2 Samuel 12:7-13 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus said the LORD God …

Micah 7:8,9 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when …

Romans 7:23-25 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind…

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the …

transgressions

Psalm 51:2,3,7 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin…

Psalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and …

Isaiah 1:18,19 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your …

Isaiah 6:7 And he laid it on my mouth, and said, See, this has touched your …

Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David …

John 1:29 The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the …

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

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