After committing adultery with Bathsheba and then arranging the murder of her husband Uriah, King David made a broken-hearted confession before the Lord. This is preserved for us in Psalm 51, in which David said these words:
“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment” (Psalm 51:4).
What, exactly did he mean? In what way would God be justified?
The NLT renders it slightly differently: “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.”
And this is how The Message paraphrases the verse: “You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before you; whatever you decide about me is fair.”
Are things getting clearer...?