Psalms 25:8-15

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.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[a]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

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Psalms 25:8-15 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 25:8-15 In-Context

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.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.

Cross References 17

  • 1. Psalms 92:15; Isaiah 26:7
  • 2. Psalms 32:8; Isaiah 28:26
  • 3. S Psalms 23:3
  • 4. ver 4; Psalms 27:11
  • 5. S Psalms 18:25; Psalms 40:11
  • 6. Psalms 103:18; Psalms 132:12
  • 7. S Exodus 9:16; Psalms 31:3; Psalms 79:9; Jeremiah 14:7
  • 8. S Exodus 34:9
  • 9. S Exodus 32:30; S Psalms 78:38
  • 10. S Job 1:8
  • 11. ver 8; Psalms 37:23
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 30:15; S 1 Kings 3:14; S Job 8:7; Proverbs 19:23
  • 13. S Numbers 14:24; Matthew 5:5; Psalms 37:11
  • 14. Proverbs 3:32
  • 15. Genesis 17:2; John 7:17
  • 16. S 2 Chronicles 20:12; Psalms 123:2; Hebrews 12:2; Psalms 141:8
  • 17. S Job 34:30; S Psalms 119:110

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