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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.
19. Behold mine enemies. In this verse David complains of the number and cruelty of his enemies, because the more the people of God are oppressed, the more is he inclined to aid them; and in proportion to the magnitude of the danger by which they are surrounded, he assists them the more powerfully. The words, hatred of violence, 566566 The Hebrew words literally rendered are, “With hatred of violence.” are here to be understood of a cruel and sanguinary hatred. Now, as the rage of David’s enemies was so great, that nothing short of his death would satisfy them, he calls upon God to become the guardian and protector of his life; and from this it may be inferred, as I have already said, that he was now placed in extreme danger. The clause which immediately follows, That I may not be ashamed, may be understood in two ways. Some retain the future tense, I shall not be ashamed, as if David felt assured that he was already heard by God, and as the reward of his hope promised himself a gracious answer to his prayers. I am rather inclined to the opposite opinion — to consider these words as still forming a part of his prayer. The amount of what is stated therefore is, that as he trusts in God, he prays that the hope of salvation which he had formed might not be disappointed. There is nothing better fitted to impart a holy ardor to our prayers, than when we are able to testify with sincerity of heart that we confide in God. And, therefore, it behoves us to ask with so much the greater care, that he would increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and that he would even raise it up when it is overthrown.