New American Standard Bible
Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
King James Bible
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Darby Bible Translation
Make me to hear gladness and joy; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
World English Bible
Let me hear joy and gladness, That the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou causest me to hear joy and gladness, Thou makest joyful bones Thou hast bruised.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Make me to hear joy and gladness - That is, the voice of forgiveness, causing joy and rejoicing. What he wished to hear was the kind voice of God in pronouncing his pardon; not the voice of anger and condemnation. God now condemned him. The law condemned him. His own conscience condemned him. The result was anguish and sorrow. The burden was great and overpowering - such as to crush him; to break all his "bones." He longed to hear the sweet voice of forgiveness, by which he might have peace, and by which his soul might be made to rejoice. Compare the notes at Psalm 32:1-2.
That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice - That is, which have been crushed or broken by the weight of sin. Compare the notes at Psalm 32:3. See also Psalm 6:2; Psalm 22:14; Psalm 31:10; Psalm 38:3. The word "rejoice" means here, be free from suffering; the prayer is that the burden which had crushed him might be removed.
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"I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me." --PSALM li. 1-12. Sin that is unconfessed shuts out the energies of grace. Confession makes the soul receptive of the bountiful waters of life. We open the door to God as soon as we name our sin. Guilt that is penitently confessed is already in the "consuming fire" of God's love. When I "acknowledge my sin" I begin to enter into the knowledge of "pardon, joy, and peace." But if I hide my sin I also hide myself from "the unsearchable …
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Praying Saints of the Old Testaments (Continued)
God the Holy Spirit the Love which Dwells in the Heart.
'See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.
All my bones will say, "LORD, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?"
Yet You have crushed us in a place of jackals And covered us with the shadow of death.
And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
"I composed my soul until morning. Like a lion-- so He breaks all my bones, From day until night You make an end of me.
He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones.
Has not food been cut off before our eyes, Gladness and joy from the house of our God?
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