Prayer for Protection, Guidance, and Pardon.

A Psalm of David.

25 To You, Lord, I (A)lift up my soul.
My God, in You (B)I trust,
Do not let me (C)be ashamed;
Do not let my (D)enemies rejoice over me.
Indeed, (E)none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
[a]Those who (F)deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

(G)Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in (H)Your truth and teach me,
For You are the (I)God of my salvation;
For You I (J)wait all the day.
(K)Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithfulness,
For they have been [b](L)from of old.
Do not remember the (M)sins of my youth or my wrongdoings;
(N)Remember me according to Your faithfulness,
For Your (O)goodness’ sake, Lord.

(P)The Lord is good and (Q)upright;
Therefore He (R)instructs sinners in the way.
He (S)leads the [c]humble in justice,
And He (T)teaches the [d]humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are (U)faithfulness and truth
To (V)those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For the (W)sake of Your name, Lord,
(X)Forgive my wrongdoing, for it is great.

12 Who is the person who (Y)fears the Lord?
He will (Z)instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will (AA)dwell in [e]prosperity,
And his [f]descendants will (AB)inherit the [g]land.
14 The [h](AC)secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
[i]And He will (AD)make them know His covenant.
15 My (AE)eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will [j](AF)rescue my feet from the net.

16 (AG)Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am (AH)lonely and afflicted.
17 [k]The (AI)troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me (AJ)out of my distresses.
18 (AK)Look at my misery and my trouble,
And (AL)forgive all my sins.
19 Look at my enemies, for they (AM)are many,
And they (AN)hate me with violent hatred.
20 (AO)Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me (AP)be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let (AQ)integrity and uprightness protect me,
For (AR)I wait for You.
22 (AS)Redeem Israel, God,
From all his distress.

Protestation of Integrity and Prayer for Protection.

A Psalm of David.

26 [l](AT)Vindicate me, Lord, for I have (AU)walked in my integrity,
And I have (AV)trusted in the Lord [m](AW)without wavering.
(AX)Examine me, Lord, and put me to the test;
(AY)Refine my [n]mind and my heart.
For Your (AZ)[o]goodness is before my eyes,
And I have (BA)walked in Your truth.
I do not (BB)sit with [p]deceitful people,
Nor will I go with [q](BC)pretenders.
I (BD)hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.
I will (BE)wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go around (BF)Your altar, Lord,
That I may proclaim with the voice of (BG)thanksgiving
And declare all Your [r]wonders.

Lord, I (BH)love the dwelling of Your house,
And the place [s]where Your (BI)glory remains.
(BJ)Do not [t]take my soul away along with sinners,
Nor my life with (BK)men of bloodshed,
10 In whose hands is a (BL)wicked scheme,
And whose right hand is full of (BM)bribes.
11 But as for me, I will (BN)walk in my integrity;
(BO)Redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 (BP)My foot stands on (BQ)level ground;
In the (BR)congregations I will bless the Lord.


  1. Psalm 25:3 Or Let ashamed
  2. Psalm 25:6 Or everlasting
  3. Psalm 25:9 Or afflicted
  4. Psalm 25:9 Or afflicted
  5. Psalm 25:13 Lit good
  6. Psalm 25:13 Lit seed
  7. Psalm 25:13 Or earth
  8. Psalm 25:14 Or counsel; or intimacy
  9. Psalm 25:14 Or And His covenant, to make them know it
  10. Psalm 25:15 Lit bring out
  11. Psalm 25:17 Some commentators Relieve the troubles of my heart
  12. Psalm 26:1 Lit Judge
  13. Psalm 26:1 Lit I do not slide
  14. Psalm 26:2 Lit kidneys, figurative for inner man
  15. Psalm 26:3 Or faithfulness
  16. Psalm 26:4 Or worthless men; lit men of falsehood
  17. Psalm 26:4 Or dissemblers, hypocrites
  18. Psalm 26:7 Or miracles
  19. Psalm 26:8 Lit of the tabernacle of Your glory
  20. Psalm 26:9 Lit gather

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