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Psalms 25

Introduction

1David's confidence in prayer.
7He prays for remission of sins;
16and for help in affliction.

Verse 1

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
A. M. cir. 3463. B.C. cir. 541. do I
24:4; 86:4; 143:8; 1 Samuel 1:15; Lamentations 3:41
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 24:15 - setteth his heart upon it; 1 Samuel 1:13 - spake; Job 22:26 - lift up; Hosea 4:8 - set their heart on their iniquity

Verse 2

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
O
7:1; 18:2; 22:1,5,8; 31:1; 34:8; 37:40; 71:1; Isaiah 26:3; 28:16; 41:16; Isaiah 49:23; Romans 5:5; 10:11; 1 Peter 2:6
let not
13:2-4; 35:19-25; 41:11; 56:1; 94:3; 142:6; Isaiah 36:14-20; Isaiah 37:10,20,35
Reciprocal: Psalm 11:1 - In the; Psalm 13:4 - Lest; Psalm 26:1 - trusted; Psalm 30:1 - hast not; Psalm 31:17 - Let me; Psalm 85:4 - O God; Psalm 119:31 - put me; Psalm 119:80 - that I be; Psalm 119:116 - and let me; Psalm 125:1 - that trust; Jeremiah 17:18 - but let not me be confounded; Joel 2:26 - and my; Romans 9:33 - and whosoever; Philippians 1:20 - in nothing; 2 Timothy 1:12 - I am

Verse 3

Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
wait
27:14; 33:20; 37:34; 40:1-3; 62:1,5; 123:2; Genesis 49:13; Isaiah 25:9; Isaiah 40:31; Lamentations 3:25; Micah 7:7; Romans 8:25
be ashamed
69:6; 6:10; 31:17; 35:26; 40:14,15; 70:2,3; 71:13; 132:18; Jeremiah 20:11
without
7:4,5; 59:2-5; 69:4; 109:3; 119:78; John 15:25
Reciprocal: Genesis 2:25 - ashamed; 1 Samuel 19:5 - without a cause; Job 9:17 - without cause; Psalm 22:5 - and were; Psalm 35:7 - without; Psalm 119:80 - that I be; Isaiah 33:2 - be thou; Isaiah 45:17 - ye shall not; Isaiah 49:23 - for they; Isaiah 52:4 - without; Jeremiah 14:22 - wait; Jeremiah 17:18 - but let not me be confounded; Joel 2:26 - and my; Matthew 5:22 - without; Romans 9:33 - and whosoever; Galatians 5:5 - wait

Verse 4

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
5:1,8; 27:11; 86:11; 119:27; 143:8; Exodus 33:13; Proverbs 8:20; Isaiah 2:3; Jeremiah 6:16
Reciprocal: Exodus 4:12 - General; 2 Samuel 2:1 - inquired; 1 Kings 8:36 - thou teach; 2 Chronicles 6:27 - when thou hast; Job 34:32 - which; Psalm 43:3 - lead; Psalm 51:13 - ways; Psalm 119:7 - when; Psalm 119:12 - teach; Psalm 119:26 - teach; Psalm 143:10 - Teach; Proverbs 2:3 - if; Proverbs 4:11 - led; Proverbs 20:24 - how; Jeremiah 42:3 - General; Acts 2:28 - made; Galatians 5:18 - if

Verse 5

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Lead
8,10; 43:3,4; 107:7; Isaiah 35:8; 42:16; 49:10; Jeremiah 31:9; John 8:31,32; John 14:26; 16:13; Romans 8:14; Ephesians 4:21; 1 John 2:27; Revelation 7:17
teach
119:26,33,66; Nehemiah 9:20; Job 36:22; Isaiah 54:13; Jeremiah 31:33,34; John 6:45; Ephesians 4:20,21
God
24:5; 68:20; 79:9; 88:1
on thee
22:2; 86:3; 88:1; 119:97; Proverbs 8:34; 23:17; Isaiah 30:18; Luke 18:7
Reciprocal: Exodus 4:12 - General; 2 Samuel 2:1 - inquired; 1 Kings 8:36 - thou teach; 2 Chronicles 6:27 - when thou hast; Job 34:32 - which; Psalm 5:8 - Lead; Psalm 18:46 - the God; Psalm 26:3 - and; Psalm 27:11 - Teach; Psalm 31:3 - lead; Psalm 62:1 - my soul; Psalm 119:7 - when; Psalm 119:12 - teach; Psalm 143:8 - cause me; Psalm 143:10 - Teach; Proverbs 2:3 - if; Proverbs 4:11 - led; Proverbs 8:20 - lead; Isaiah 40:31 - they that; Jeremiah 42:3 - General; Micah 7:7 - wait; Habakkuk 3:18 - the God; Acts 10:2 - and prayed; Galatians 5:5 - wait; Galatians 5:18 - if

Verse 6

Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Remember
98:3; 106:45; 136:23; 2 Chronicles 6:42; Luke 1:54,71,72
thy tender mercies
Heb. bowels.
40:11; 69:13,16; 103:4; 119:77; Isaiah 55:7; 63:15; Jeremiah 31:20; Luke 1:78; *marg:; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Philippians 1:8; 2:1; Colossians 3:12; 1 John 3:17
for they
77:7-12; 103:17; 106:1; 107:1; 136:11-26; Genesis 24:27; 32:9; Exodus 15:13; Exodus 34:6; Nehemiah 9:19; Jeremiah 33:11; Micah 7:18-20; Luke 1:50
Reciprocal: Genesis 49:18 - General; Nehemiah 5:19 - Think; Nehemiah 13:22 - spare me; Job 10:9 - Remember; Psalm 51:1 - O God; Psalm 132:1 - remember; Isaiah 63:11 - he remembered; James 5:11 - the Lord is

Verse 7

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.
Remember
79:8; 109:14,16; Isaiah 38:17; 43:25; 64:9; Hebrews 8:12; 10:16-18
the sins
Job 13:26; 20:11; Proverbs 5:7-14; Jeremiah 3:25; John 5:5,14
according
51:1; 109:26; 119:124
for thy
6:4; 31:16; Ephesians 1:6,7; 2:4-8
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:29 - that God; 1 Samuel 1:19 - and the Lord; 2 Kings 20:3 - remember; Nehemiah 5:19 - Think; Nehemiah 13:22 - spare me; Nehemiah 13:31 - Remember; Job 10:2 - Do not; Job 10:9 - Remember; Psalm 106:4 - Remember; Psalm 115:12 - hath; Psalm 119:9 - shall; Psalm 132:1 - remember; Ecclesiastes 11:10 - remove; Jeremiah 31:19 - I did; Ezekiel 18:22 - his transgressions; Ezekiel 29:16 - bringeth; Hosea 7:2 - I remember; Luke 18:13 - God; James 5:11 - the Lord is

Verse 8

Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
Good
119:68
upright
92:15; Isaiah 26:7
teach
Proverbs 1:20-23; 2:1-6; 9:4-6; Micah 4:2; Matthew 9:13; 11:29,30; Luke 11:13; John 6:44,45; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 1:17,18; James 1:5
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 8:36 - thou teach; 2 Chronicles 6:27 - when thou hast; 2 Chronicles 30:18 - The good; Psalm 25:5 - Lead; Psalm 51:13 - ways; Psalm 86:5 - thou; Psalm 94:10 - teacheth man; Psalm 119:7 - when; Psalm 119:26 - teach; Psalm 125:1 - that trust; Psalm 139:24 - and lead; Psalm 143:10 - Teach; Psalm 145:9 - good; Proverbs 2:9 - General; Proverbs 3:6 - and; Proverbs 15:19 - the way of the righteous; Isaiah 2:3 - he will teach; Isaiah 30:21 - thine ears; Isaiah 35:8 - the wayfaring; Isaiah 48:17 - which teacheth; Isaiah 54:13 - all; Isaiah 61:8 - I will direct; Jeremiah 50:5 - ask; Lamentations 3:25 - good; Nahum 1:7 - Lord; Zephaniah 2:3 - all; Matthew 1:20 - while; Matthew 13:11 - Because; Luke 1:79 - to guide; John 7:17 - General; John 8:32 - ye shall; John 9:37 - Thou; John 14:26 - he; Acts 8:31 - How; Acts 9:6 - and it; Acts 10:2 - and prayed; Acts 17:12 - many; Acts 18:25 - instructed; Acts 22:10 - What; Galatians 5:18 - if; Philippians 3:15 - God

Verse 9

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
meek
22:26; 76:9; 147:6; 149:4; Isaiah 11:4; 61:1; Zephaniah 2:3; Matthew 5:5; Galatians 5:23; James 1:21; 1 Peter 3:4,15
guide
23:3; 32:8,9; 73:24; 119:66; 143:10; Proverbs 3:5,6; 8:20; Isaiah 42:1-3; Ezekiel 11:19,20; 36:27
his way
119:35; John 14:6; Acts 9:2; 13:10; Hebrews 10:20
Reciprocal: Psalm 27:11 - Teach; Psalm 31:3 - lead; Psalm 48:14 - guide; Psalm 69:32 - The humble; Psalm 94:10 - teacheth man; Psalm 119:26 - teach; Psalm 119:68 - teach; Psalm 139:24 - and lead; Proverbs 2:9 - General; Proverbs 15:19 - the way of the righteous; Isaiah 2:3 - he will teach; Isaiah 29:19 - meek; Isaiah 30:21 - thine ears; Isaiah 35:8 - the wayfaring; Isaiah 48:17 - which teacheth; Isaiah 58:11 - the Lord; Jeremiah 50:5 - ask; Micah 4:2 - and he; Matthew 1:20 - while; Matthew 13:11 - Because; John 7:17 - General; John 8:32 - ye shall; John 9:37 - Thou; John 14:26 - he; Acts 8:31 - How; Acts 9:6 - and it; Acts 10:2 - and prayed; Acts 17:12 - many; Acts 18:25 - instructed; Acts 22:10 - What; Galatians 5:18 - if; Philippians 3:15 - God; James 3:13 - with meekness

Verse 10

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
the paths
18:25,26; 28:4-6; 37:23,24; 91:14; 119:75,76; 138:7; Genesis 5:24; 17:1; Genesis 48:15,16; Isaiah 43:2; Romans 8:28
mercy
33:4; 57:3; 85:10; 89:14; 98:3; Genesis 24:27; 2 Samuel 15:20; Isaiah 25:1; John 1:14,17; James 5:11
keep
24:4,5; 50:23; 103:17,18; Isaiah 56:1-6; Hosea 14:9; Zephaniah 2:3; Acts 10:35; Romans 2:13; Hebrews 8:8-12; 12:14
Reciprocal: Genesis 17:9 - General; Exodus 19:5 - keep; Deuteronomy 29:9 - General; 1 Chronicles 16:15 - ye mindful; Psalm 18:30 - his way; Psalm 25:5 - Lead; Psalm 32:8 - I will guide; Psalm 40:10 - lovingkindness; Psalm 65:11 - thy paths; Psalm 71:22 - even; Psalm 119:2 - keep; Psalm 119:88 - so shall I; Psalm 119:129 - doth; Proverbs 3:3 - mercy; Proverbs 3:17 - all; Proverbs 14:22 - but; Isaiah 55:8 - General; Isaiah 64:5 - rejoiceth

Verse 11

For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
thy
31:3; 79:9; 109:21; 143:11; Isaiah 43:25; 48:9; Ezekiel 20:9; 36:22; 1 John 2:12
for it
Numbers 14:17-19; Romans 5:15,20,21
Reciprocal: Exodus 34:9 - pardon; 2 Kings 17:21 - a great sin; 1 Chronicles 21:8 - I have sinned; Job 23:4 - fill my mouth; Psalm 39:8 - Deliver; Psalm 130:4 - But there; Jeremiah 14:7 - do; Ezekiel 20:22 - wrought; Luke 11:4 - forgive us; Luke 15:18 - I have; Luke 18:13 - God; 1 Timothy 1:16 - for this

Verse 12

What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
What
111:10; Proverbs 1:7; 2:5; 15:33; 16:6; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Isaiah 50:10; Acts 10:2,22; Acts 13:26
him
32:8; 37:23; Isaiah 35:8; John 3:20,21; 7:17; 8:31,32; Acts 11:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; 1 John 2:27
Reciprocal: Genesis 22:12 - now; 1 Kings 8:36 - thou teach; 2 Chronicles 6:27 - when thou hast; Psalm 27:11 - Teach; Psalm 86:11 - Teach; Psalm 143:10 - Teach; Proverbs 1:33 - whoso; Proverbs 8:9 - General; Proverbs 13:22 - leaveth; Proverbs 15:19 - the way of the righteous; Proverbs 20:24 - how; Ecclesiastes 7:18 - for; Isaiah 48:17 - which teacheth; Micah 4:2 - and he; Matthew 2:9 - the star; Luke 1:79 - to guide; John 14:26 - he; Acts 9:6 - and it

Verse 13

His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
His soul
Deuteronomy 33:12,26-29; Proverbs 1:33; 19:23; 29:25; Ezekiel 34:25-28; Matthew 11:28,29
dwell at ease
Heb. lodge in goodness.
31:19; 36:8; 63:5; Isaiah 66:10-14; Jeremiah 31:12-14; Zephaniah 3:17; Zechariah 9:17; Philippians 4:19
his seed
37:26; 69:36; 112:2; Genesis 17:7-10; Proverbs 20:7; Isaiah 65:23; Jeremiah 32:39; Acts 2:39
inherit
37:11,22,29; Ezekiel 33:24-26; Matthew 5:5; 1 Peter 3:10; 2 Peter 3:13
Reciprocal: Exodus 33:19 - all my goodness; Job 5:24 - thy tabernacle; Job 17:2 - continue; Psalm 37:9 - inherit; Psalm 37:25 - nor his seed; Psalm 91:1 - abide; Proverbs 13:22 - leaveth

Verse 14

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
secret
Genesis 18:17-19; Jeremiah 13:18; Proverbs 3:32; Matthew 13:11,12; John 7:17; John 14:17,21-23; 15:15; 17:6; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:9,18; Colossians 3:3; Revelation 2:17
he will, etc
or, his covenant to make them know it.
Genesis 17:13; Deuteronomy 4:13; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 11:26,27
Reciprocal: Genesis 20:7 - a prophet; Genesis 22:12 - now; Genesis 37:5 - dreamed; Genesis 40:8 - Do not; Genesis 41:8 - but there; Genesis 41:15 - I have heard; Genesis 49:1 - Gather; Leviticus 15:1 - Aaron; Numbers 9:8 - I will; Deuteronomy 29:29 - secret; Judges 13:23 - he have showed; 1 Samuel 9:15 - the Lord; 2 Kings 22:13 - inquire; Job 11:6 - show thee; Job 15:8 - the secret; Job 29:4 - the secret; Psalm 50:16 - thou shouldest; Psalm 50:23 - to him; Proverbs 14:10 - and; Proverbs 28:5 - General; Isaiah 8:16 - among; Isaiah 50:10 - is among; Jeremiah 23:18 - counsel; Jeremiah 33:3 - mighty; Ezekiel 28:3 - no secret; Daniel 2:19 - was; Daniel 2:22 - revealeth; Daniel 2:23 - and hast; Amos 3:7 - but; Luke 2:26 - it; Luke 8:10 - Unto; Luke 10:21 - revealed; John 4:32 - that; John 9:37 - Thou; Acts 27:10 - 1perceive; 1 Corinthians 2:15 - judgeth; Colossians 1:26 - now; 1 John 5:10 - hath the; Revelation 1:1 - to show; Revelation 14:3 - no

Verse 15

Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Mine
121:1,2; 123:2; 141:8
pluck
Heb. bring forth. out.
31:4; 124:7,8; Jeremiah 5:26; 2 Timothy 2:25,26
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 1:20 - the eyes; 2 Chronicles 20:12 - our eyes; Psalm 123:1 - lift I; Lamentations 1:11 - see; Zechariah 9:1 - when

Verse 16

Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
Turn
60:1; 69:16; 86:16; Micah 7:19
for I
69:14-20; 88:15-18; 143:4; Daniel 9:17; Mark 15:33-35
Reciprocal: Psalm 39:10 - Remove; Psalm 130:1 - Out of; Psalm 141:8 - leave not my soul destitute

Verse 17

The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
34:19; 38:1-8; 42:7; 77:2-4; Habakkuk 3:17-19; 1 Corinthians 4:11-13; 2 Corinthians 4:8,9
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 30:6 - was greatly; Psalm 39:10 - Remove; Psalm 40:13 - Be; Psalm 116:4 - O Lord; Psalm 141:8 - leave not my soul destitute; Psalm 143:11 - bring

Verse 18

Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Look
119:132,153; 1 Samuel 1:11; 2 Samuel 16:12; Lamentations 5:1; Luke 1:25
forgive
32:1-5; 51:8,9; Matthew 9:2
Reciprocal: Genesis 29:32 - looked; 1 Samuel 9:16 - looked upon; 2 Chronicles 6:39 - forgive; Job 10:9 - Remember; Job 10:15 - see; Psalm 31:7 - for; Psalm 39:8 - Deliver; Psalm 40:13 - Be; Psalm 69:14 - let me; Lamentations 1:9 - behold; Luke 11:4 - forgive us

Verse 19

Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
Consider
3:1,2; 27:2,12; 38:19; 56:2; 57:4; 138:7; 143:3; 2 Samuel 16:11; 17:2-4; Luke 22:2; 23:5,21-23
cruel hatred
Heb. hatred of violence.
11:5; 18:48; *marg:; 52:2; 86:14; 140:1,4,11
Reciprocal: Psalm 9:13 - consider; Psalm 13:3 - Consider; Psalm 18:17 - them; Psalm 69:14 - let me; Psalm 119:153 - Consider; Psalm 119:157 - Many

Verse 20

O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
O
17:8; 22:20,21; 121:7; Luke 23:46; Acts 7:59
let
71:1,2; Joel 2:26,27
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:11 - Deliver; Psalm 16:1 - for; Psalm 119:31 - put me; Romans 9:33 - and whosoever

Verse 21

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
7:8; 18:20-24; 26:1,11; 41:12; 1 Samuel 24:11-13; 26:23; Proverbs 11:3; 20:7; Daniel 6:22; Acts 24:16; 25:10,11
Reciprocal: Genesis 20:5 - in the integrity; Psalm 27:14 - Wait; Psalm 69:3 - I wait; Psalm 116:6 - preserveth; Psalm 119:80 - sound; Proverbs 2:11 - General; Proverbs 10:9 - that walketh; Proverbs 13:6 - Righteousness; Proverbs 14:2 - that walketh; Proverbs 28:18 - walketh; Isaiah 40:31 - they that; Jeremiah 14:22 - wait

Verse 22

Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
14:7; 51:18,19; 122:6; 130:8 Reciprocal: Psalm 28:9 - Save; Psalm 60:11 - Give; Psalm 72:14 - he shall; Jeremiah 30:7 - but

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 25". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-25.html.