New International Version
But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
King James Bible
Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Darby Bible Translation
Who understandeth [his] errors? Purify me from secret [faults].
World English Bible
Who can discern his errors? Forgive me from hidden errors.
Young's Literal Translation
Errors! who doth understand? From hidden ones declare me innocent,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who can understand his errors? - It is not possible, without much of the Divine light, to understand all our deviations from, not only the letter, but the spirituality, of the Divine law. Frequent self-examination, and walking in the light, are essentially necessary to the requisite degree of spiritual perfection.
Cleanse thou me from secret faults - From those which I have committed, and have forgotten; from those for which I have not repented; from those which have been committed in my heart, but have not been brought to act in my life; from those which I have committed without knowing that they were sins, sins of ignorance; and from those which I have committed in private, for which I should blush and be confounded were they to be made public.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'Who can understand his errors? cleanse Thou me from secret faults.' PSALM xix. 12. The contemplation of the 'perfect law, enlightening the eyes,' sends the Psalmist to his knees. He is appalled by his own shortcomings, and feels that, beside all those of which he is aware, there is a region, as yet unilluminated by that law, where evil things nestle and breed. The Jewish ritual drew a broad distinction between inadvertent--whether involuntary or ignorant--and deliberate sins; providing atonement …
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I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
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.
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
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