New International Reader's Version

Psalm 25

Psalm 25

A psalm of David.

In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
    I trust in you.
Don’t let me be put to shame.
    Don’t let my enemies win the battle over me.
Those who put their hope in you
    will never be put to shame.
But those who lie to other people for no reason
    will be put to shame.

Lord, show me your ways.
    Teach me how to follow you.
Guide me in your truth. Teach me.
    You are God my Savior.
    I put my hope in you all day long.
Lord, remember your great mercy and love.
    You have shown them to your people for a long time.
Don’t remember the sins I committed when I was young.
    Don’t remember how often I refused to obey you.
Remember me because you love me.
    Lord, you are good.

The Lord is honest and good.
    He teaches sinners to walk in his ways.
He shows those who aren’t proud how to do what is right.
    He teaches them his ways.
10 All the Lord’s ways are loving and faithful
    toward those who obey what his covenant commands.
11 Lord, be true to your name.
    Forgive my sin, even though it is great.
12 Who are the people who have respect for the Lord?
    God will teach them the ways they should choose.
13 Things will always go well for them.
    Their children will be given the land.
14 The Lord shares his plans with those who have respect for him.
    He makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes always look to the Lord.
    He alone can set my feet free from the trap.

16 Turn to me and help me.
    I am lonely and hurting.
17 Take away the troubles of my heart.
    Set me free from my great pain.
18 Look at how I’m hurting! See how much I suffer!
    Take away all my sins.
19 Look at how many enemies I have!
    See how terrible their hatred is for me!
20 Guard my life. Save me.
    Don’t let me be put to shame.
    I go to you for safety.
21 May my honest and good life keep me safe.
    Lord, I have put my hope in you.

22 God, set Israel free
    from all their troubles!

The Message

Psalm 25

A David Psalm

11-2 My head is high, God, held high;
I’m looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.

I’ve thrown in my lot with you;
You won’t embarrass me, will you?
Or let my enemies get the best of me?

Don’t embarrass any of us
Who went out on a limb for you.
It’s the traitors who should be humiliated.

Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways.

Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.
You are my Savior, aren’t you?

Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God;
Rebuild the ancient landmarks!

Forget that I sowed wild oats;
Mark me with your sign of love.
Plan only the best for me, God!

God is fair and just;
He corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.

He gives the rejects his hand,
And leads them step-by-step.

10 From now on every road you travel
Will take you to God.
Follow the Covenant signs;
Read the charted directions.

11 Keep up your reputation, God;
Forgive my bad life;
It’s been a very bad life.

12 My question: What are God-worshipers like?
Your answer: Arrows aimed at God’s bull’s-eye.

13 They settle down in a promising place;
Their kids inherit a prosperous farm.

14 God-friendship is for God-worshipers;
They are the ones he confides in.

15 If I keep my eyes on God,
I won’t trip over my own feet.

16 Look at me and help me!
I’m all alone and in big trouble.

17 My heart and kidneys are fighting each other;
Call a truce to this civil war.

18 Take a hard look at my life of hard labor,
Then lift this ton of sin.

19 Do you see how many people
Have it in for me?
How viciously they hate me?

20 Keep watch over me and keep me out of trouble;
Don’t let me down when I run to you.

21 Use all your skill to put me together;
I wait to see your finished product.

22 God, give your people a break
From this run of bad luck.