Psalms 25:17

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.

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 ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.