Psalms 32:9

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be yee not as the horse, or as the mule which haue no vnderstanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, least they come neere vnto thee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, {Otherwise} they will not come near to you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, `Else' they will not come near unto thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not be like the horse or the ass, without sense; ...
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby 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 to thee.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

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.
- Youngs Literal 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, that they come not near unto thee.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 32:9


32:9 Will not - Unless they be forced to it by a bit or bridle. And so all the ancient translators understand it.


Discussion for Psalms 32:9

  • Jehovah God does not want us to be like an animal who only obeys because they have to. Rather, he desires that we choose to obey him because of our understanding of his will.

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