Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven (Rom 4:7)

“Blessed are those

Whose iniquities

Are forgiven,

Whose sins

Are covered over.”

Μακάριοι ὧν ἀφέθησαν αἱ ἀνομίαι καὶ ὧν ἐπεκαλύφθησαν αἱ ἁμαρτίαι·

Paul then cited Psalm 32:1, assuming that David was the author, “Blessed (Μακάριοι) are those whose iniquities or lawlessness (αἱ ἀνομίαι) are forgiven (ὧν ἀφέθησαν), whose sins (ἁμαρτίαι) are covered over (καὶ ὧν ἐπεκαλύφθησαν).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐπεκαλύφθησαν, that means to cover over or cover up.  Psalm 32, a wisdom psalm, said that the happy ones or the blessed ones were those whose transgressions were forgiven.  They were happy because their sins were covered up.  Who were these the happy people?  They are the ones whose transgressions and sins had been forgiven and covered up.  Paul noted, as David had centuries earlier, that obviously the people who have had their faults and sins forgiven and covered up were the blessed or happy people.  Are you a blessed or happy person?

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