Psalms 25:17

17 The distresses of my heart increase;[a] bring me out of my sufferings.

Psalms 25:17 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 25:17

The troubles of my heart are enlarged
His enemies being increased, which troubled him; the floods of ungodly men made him afraid; the waters of affliction were come into his soul, and spread themselves, and threatened to overwhelm him: or it may be rendered, as by some, "troubles have enlarged my heart" F8; made him wiser, increased his knowledge and experience; see ( Psalms 119:67 Psalms 119:71 ) ; but the former seems better to agree with what follows;

[O] bring thou me out of my distresses;
or "straits" F9; for the enlargement of his troubles was the straitening of his heart; and therefore he applies to the Lord to bring him out of his afflicted circumstances, in which he was penned up, as in a strait place, on every side, and which were such that he could not free himself from; but he knew that God could deliver him.


F8 (wbyxrh) "dilataverunt cor meum", Vatablus; "reddiderunt cor meum latius", Gussetius, p. 786.
F9 (ytwqwumm) "ab angustiis meis", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius; so Musculus, Piscator, Michaelis.

Psalms 25:17 In-Context

15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for He will pull my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am alone and afflicted.
17 The distresses of my heart increase; bring me out of my sufferings.
18 Consider my affliction and trouble, and take away all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies; they are numerous, and they hate me violently.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or Relieve the distresses of my heart
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