Psalm 25

[By David.]
A Prayer for Guidance and Help

1 I offer you my heart, Lord God,
2    and I trust you.
   Don’t make me ashamed
      or let enemies defeat me.
3 Don’t disappoint any
      of your worshipers,
   but disappoint all
      deceitful liars.
4 Show me your paths
      and teach me to follow;
5 guide me by your truth
      and instruct me.
   You keep me safe,
      and I always trust you.

6 Please, Lord, remember,
   you have always
      been patient and kind.
7 Forget each wrong I did
      when I was young.
   Show how truly kind you are
      and remember me.
8 You are honest and merciful,
   and you teach sinners
      how to follow your path.
9 You lead humble people
   to do what is right
      and to stay on your path.
10 In everything you do,
      you are kind and faithful
   to everyone who keeps
      our agreement with you.

11 Be true to your name, Lord,
     by forgiving each one
         of my terrible sins.
12 You will show the right path
         to all who worship you.

13 They will have plenty,
      and then their children
         will receive the land.

14 Our Lord, you are the friend
         of your worshipers,
      and you make an agreement
         with all of us.
15 I always look to you,
      because you rescue me
         from every trap.
16 I am lonely and troubled.
      Show that you care
         and have pity on me.
17 My awful worries keep growing.
         Rescue me from sadness.
18 See my troubles and misery
         and forgive my sins.

19 Look at all my enemies!
         See how much they hate me.
20 I come to you for shelter.
      Protect me, keep me safe,
         and don’t disappoint me.
21 I obey you with all my heart,
      and I trust you, knowing
         that you will save me.

22 Our God, please save Israel
         from all of its troubles.

The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary