13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
It takes a lot of effort to conceal sin, and as lies and excuses accumulate so does the work of maintaining them. Sin is a harsh master, always demanding more while giving less and less. How can one prosper under such a burden? But there is a way out of the cycle. Throw open the door, confess and renounce your sin, and let mercy come in.
“Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.” To tremble before God is to remember his presence, and our accountability before him. This leads to blessedness because “the fear of the Lord is to hate evil,” which is the source of all misery.