Psalms 17:5

5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.

Psalms 17:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
ESV
5 My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
NLT
5 My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you.
MSG
5 I'm staying on your trail; I'm putting one foot In front of the other. I'm not giving up.
CSB
5 My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped.

Psalms 17:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 17:5

Hold up my goings in thy paths
Which being spoken by David in his own person, and for himself, shows that he was conscious of his own weakness to keep himself in the ways of God, and to direct his steps therein; and that he was sensible of, the need he stood in of divine power to uphold and support him in them;

[that] my footsteps slip not;
out of the paths of truth and duty, of faith and holiness; of which there is danger, should a man be left to himself, and destitute of divine direction and aid; see ( Psalms 73:2 ) ( Jeremiah 10:23 ) ; and though Christ had no moral weakness in him, and was in no danger of falling into sin, or slipping out of the ways of God; yet these words may be applied to him in a good sense, as considered in human nature, and attended with the sinless infirmities of it, he being God's servant, whom he upheld, and of whom he gave his angels charge to keep him in all his ways, ( Isaiah 42:1 ) ( Psalms 91:11 ) .

Psalms 17:5 In-Context

3 Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 23:11; Psalms 44:18; Psalms 119:133
  • 2. Deuteronomy 32:35; Psalms 73:2; Psalms 121:3; Psalms 18:36