New Living Translation
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."
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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
32:9 Will not - Unless they be forced to it by a bit or bridle. And so all the ancient translators understand it.
LibraryPardon and Peace
(Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity.) Psalm xxxii. 1-7. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions …
Charles Kingsley—Town and Country Sermons
The Faults Committed in this Degree --Distractions, Temptations --The Course to be Pursued Respecting Them.
Of Confession of Our Infirmity and of the Miseries of this Life
Letter iii (A. D. 1131) to Bruno, Archbishop Elect of Cologne
We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.
For God has cut my bowstring. He has humbled me, so they have thrown off all restraint.
Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!
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