Old Testament

Psalm 25
Psalm 25
Teach Me Your Ways
By David.
A Prayer for Protection
1To you, O Lord, I will lift up my soul.
2In you I have trusted, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame.
Do not let my enemies triumph over me.
3All who hope in you will never be put to shame,
but those who are treacherous for no reason will be put to shame.
A Prayer for Forgiveness
4Make known to me your ways, O Lord.
Teach me your paths.
5Make me walk in your truth and teach me,
because you are the God who saves me.
In you I hope all day long.
6Remember, O Lord, your compassion and your mercy,
for they are from eternity.[]
7Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways.
According to your mercy remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
8Good and upright is the Lord.
Therefore, he instructs sinners in the right way.
9He directs the humble to what is just,
and he teaches the humble his way.
10All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11For the sake of your name, O Lord,
you forgive my guilt, although it is great.
A Prayer for a Godly Life
12Who, then, is the man who fears the Lord?
The Lord will instruct him in the way he chooses.
13That man will enjoy a good life,
and his descendants will possess the land.
14The guidance[] of the Lord is with those who fear him.
His covenant will give them knowledge.
A Second Prayer for Protection
15My eyes are always on the Lord,
because he frees my feet from the net.
16Turn toward me and be gracious to me,
because I am lonely and afflicted.
17The distress of my heart increases.[]
Bring me out of my anguish.
18See my affliction and my trouble,
and take away all my sins.
19See my enemies
—how they have increased,
and how violently they hate me!
20Guard my life and rescue me.
Do not let me be put to shame,
for I have taken refuge in you.
21May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because I wait for you.
22Redeem Israel, O God, from all its distress!


  • 25:6 Or from of old
  • 25:14 The Hebrew word used here implies the kind of advice given by a close friend and confidant.
  • 25:17 Or, following an alternate reading of the Hebrew, relieve the distress of my heart