Psalms 25:6-8

6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

Psalms 25:6-8 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 25

\\<<[A Psalm] of David>>\\. This is the first of the psalms which is written in an alphabetical order, or in which the first word of every verse begins with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order, though it is not strictly and regularly observed; the reason of this manner of writing is not very obvious; the {r} Jews confess their ignorance of it; it may be to engage the attention to what is said, or to assist the memory in laying it up, and retaining it there. The occasion of the psalm seems to be the troubles David was in on account of an unnatural rebellion raised against him by some of his subjects, at the head of which was his own son Absalom; he speaks of himself as in a net, and in great affliction, distress, and trouble, by reason of his enemies, Ps 25:15-18; and as being brought to a sense of his former sins, for which he desires pardon, Ps 25:7,11. {r} Kimchi in loc.

Psalms 25:6-8 In-Context

4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Psalms 5:7; Psalms 98:3; Psalms 103:17; Isaiah 63:7,15; Jeremiah 31:20; Hosea 11:8
  • 2. Job 13:26; Isaiah 54:4; Jeremiah 3:25; Jeremiah 31:19; Jeremiah 32:30; Ezekiel 16:22,60; Ezekiel 23:3; 2 Timothy 2:22
  • 3. S Exodus 23:21; Psalms 107:17
  • 4. Psalms 6:4; Psalms 51:1; Psalms 69:16; Psalms 109:26; Psalms 119:124
  • 5. S 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalms 34:8; Psalms 73:1
  • 6. Psalms 92:15; Isaiah 26:7
  • 7. Psalms 32:8; Isaiah 28:26