Psalm 32:2

Hebrew Bible

1 By David; a well-written song. How blessed is the one whose rebellious acts are forgiven, whose sin is pardoned. 2 How blessed is the one whose wrongdoing the Lord does not punish, in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I refused to confess my sin, my whole body wasted away, while I groaned in pain all day long. 4 For day and night you tormented me; you tried to destroy me in the intense heat of summer. (Selah)

John 1:47

New Testament

43 On the next day Jesus wanted to set out for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.) 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”

 Notes and References

"... The words “righteous” (tsedeq) and faithful (emet, “truth”) in Hebrew are synonymous with “blameless.” Righteousness is a dynamic term describing God or humans in relationship with people. The righteous do what is right; they live in accordance with God’s expectations. The phrase “truth from his heart” reveals fidelity between the “heart,” as the seat of one’s being, and speech (“who speaks”), which expresses one’s inner being. The wise are people of integrity in all of their relationships and activities. For a contrast, see 12:2. The activities of walking, doing, and speaking are participial forms. As I observed in Psalm 1:1, the three activities are not to be isolated as separate expressions of the righteous path; rather, they express synthetically that everything the wise do is in harmony with the expectations of God and human beings. There is no guile in them (compare John 1:47) ..."

VanGemeren, Willem A. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (pp. 279-280) Zondervan, 2008

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