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[a] A song of David.

25 Lord, I put my life in your hands.[b]
    I trust in you, my God,
and I will not be disappointed.
    My enemies will not laugh at me.
No one who trusts in you will be disappointed.
    But disappointment will come to those who try to deceive others.
    They will get nothing.

Lord, help me learn your ways.
    Show me how you want me to live.
Guide me and teach me your truths.
    You are my God, my Savior.
    You are the one I have been waiting for.
Remember to be kind to me, Lord.
    Show me the tender love that you have always had.
Don’t remember the sinful things I did when I was young.
    Because you are good, Lord, remember me with your faithful love.

The Lord is good and does what is right.
    He shows sinners the right way to live.
He teaches his ways to humble people.
    He leads them with fairness.
10 The Lord is kind and true to those
    who obey what he said in his agreement.

11 Lord, I have done many wrong things.
    But I ask you to forgive them all to show your goodness.

12 When people choose to follow the Lord,
    he shows them the best way to live.
13 They will enjoy good things,
    and their children will get the land God promised.
14 The Lord tells his secrets to his followers.
    He teaches them about his agreement.
15 I always look to the Lord for help.
    Only he can free me from my troubles.[c]

16 I am hurt and lonely.
    Turn to me, and show me mercy.
17 Free me from my troubles.
    Help me solve my problems.
18 Look at my trials and troubles.
    Forgive me for all the sins I have done.
19 Look at all the enemies I have.
    They hate me and want to hurt me.
20 Protect me! Save me from them!
    I come to you for protection, so don’t let me be disappointed.
21 You are good and do what is right.
    I trust you to protect me.
22 God, save the people of Israel
    from all their enemies.


  1. Psalm 25:1 Psalm 25 In Hebrew, each verse in this psalm begins with the next letter of the alphabet.
  2. Psalm 25:1 I put … hands Literally, “I lift my soul to you.”
  3. Psalm 25:15 Only … troubles Literally, “For he will remove my feet from the net.”

Psalm 25[a]

Of David.

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.(A)

I trust in you;(B)
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,(C)
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous(D) without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.(E)
Guide me in your truth(F) and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,(G)
    and my hope is in you(H) all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,(I)
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth(J)
    and my rebellious ways;(K)
according to your love(L) remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.(M)

Good and upright(N) is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs(O) sinners in his ways.
He guides(P) the humble in what is right
    and teaches them(Q) his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful(R)
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.(S)
11 For the sake of your name,(T) Lord,
    forgive(U) my iniquity,(V) though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?(W)
    He will instruct them in the ways(X) they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,(Y)
    and their descendants will inherit the land.(Z)
14 The Lord confides(AA) in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known(AB) to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,(AC)
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.(AD)

16 Turn to me(AE) and be gracious to me,(AF)
    for I am lonely(AG) and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles(AH) of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.(AI)
18 Look on my affliction(AJ) and my distress(AK)
    and take away all my sins.(AL)
19 See how numerous are my enemies(AM)
    and how fiercely they hate me!(AN)

20 Guard my life(AO) and rescue me;(AP)
    do not let me be put to shame,(AQ)
    for I take refuge(AR) in you.
21 May integrity(AS) and uprightness(AT) protect me,
    because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.(AU)

22 Deliver Israel,(AV) O God,
    from all their troubles!


  1. Psalm 25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 25:12 Or ways he chooses
  3. Psalm 25:21 Septuagint; Hebrew does not have Lord.