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25. Psalm 25

1Unto thee, O Jehovah, do I lift up my soul.

2O my God, in thee have I trusted,

Let me not be put to shame;

Let not mine enemies triumph over me.

3Yea, none that wait for thee shall be put to shame:

They shall be put to shame that deal treacherously without cause.

4Show me thy ways, O Jehovah;

Teach me thy paths.

5Guide me in thy truth, and teach me;

For thou art the God of my salvation;

For thee do I wait all the day.

6Remember, O Jehovah, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindness;

For they have been ever of old.

7Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:

According to thy lovingkindness remember thou me,

For thy goodness' sake, O Jehovah.

8Good and upright is Jehovah:

Therefore will he instruct sinners in the way.

9The meek will he guide in justice;

And the meek will he teach his way.

10All the paths of Jehovah are lovingkindness and truth

Unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11For thy name's sake, O Jehovah,

Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.

12What man is he that feareth Jehovah?

Him shall he instruct in the way that he shall choose.

13His soul shall dwell at ease;

And his seed shall inherit the land.

14The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear him;

And he will show them his covenant.

15Mine eyes are ever toward Jehovah;

For he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me;

For I am desolate and afflicted.

17The troubles of my heart are enlarged:

Oh bring thou me out of my distresses.

18Consider mine affliction and my travail;

And forgive all my sins.

19Consider mine enemies, for they are many;

And they hate me with cruel hatred.

20Oh keep my soul, and deliver me:

Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in thee.

21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,

For I wait for thee.

22Redeem Israel, O God,

Out all of his troubles.

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17. The troubles of my heart are enlarged. In this verse he acknowledges not only that he had to contend outwardly with his enemies and the troubles which they occasioned him, but that he was also afflicted inwardly with sorrow and anguish of heart. It is also necessary to observe the manner of expression which he here employs, and by which he intimates that the weight and number of his trials had accumulated to such an extent that they filled his whole heart, even as a flood of waters bursting every barrier, and extending far and wide, covers a whole country. Now, when we see that the heart of David had sometimes been wholly filled with anguish, we need no longer wonder if at times the violence of temptation overwhelm us; but let us ask with David, that even whilst we are as it were at the point of despair, God would succor us.




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