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A Psalm of David. Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.
Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

25:1 Unto thee, O LORD. Psalm 25 is essentially an acrostic poem, with each of its twenty-two verses beginning with the successive twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

25:1 lift up my soul. Lifting up one’s hands or eyes may give an outward show of piety, but this is meaningless unless one’s soul is lifted up.

25:5 thy truth. “Thy word is truth,” Jesus said (John 17:17) and as He is the living Word, He could also say, “I am...the truth” (John 14:6). As an acrostic, this psalm has a natural emphasis on the very letters of divinely given human language, and thus appropriately emphasizes God’s truth.

25:6 tender mercies. This is the first of ten references in the Old Testament (all in the Book of Psalms) to God’s “tender mercies” (one word in the Hebrew). There are two New Testament references to God’s “tender mercy” (Luke 1:78; James 5:11). The association here with God’s “loving kindness” is a beautifully felicitous choice of words to describe God’s great love for His people.

25:10 mercy and truth. God’s mercy must always be in harmony with His truth, for both will endure forever (note Psalm 100:5). Mercy and truth are also mentioned together in Psalm 40:11; 57:3; 61:7; 85:10 (in which “mercy and truth are met together”); 89:14; 98:3; 115:1; 138:2, as well as others. Note especially Psalm 26:3.

25:10 his covenant. This is the first of twenty-one references in the book of Psalms to God’s covenant with His people.

25:14 fear him. Those who fear the Lord have nothing else to fear, for they are under His everlasting covenant.

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