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Psalms 25:8-12


25:8 The Lord is both kind and fair; 1 

that is why he teaches sinners the right way to live. 2 

25:9 May he show 3  the humble what is right! 4 

May he teach 5  the humble his way!

25:10 The Lord always proves faithful and reliable 6 

to those who follow the demands of his covenant. 7 

25:11 For the sake of your reputation, 8  O Lord,

forgive my sin, because it is great. 9 

25:12 The Lord shows his faithful followers

the way they should live. 10 

1 tn Heb “good and just.”

2 tn Heb “teaches sinners in the way.”

3 tn The prefixed verbal form is jussive; the psalmist expresses his prayer.

4 tn Heb “may he guide the humble into justice.” The Hebrew term עֲנָוִים (’anavim, “humble”) usually refers to the oppressed, but in this context, where the psalmist confesses his sin and asks for moral guidance, it apparently refers to sinners who humble themselves before God and seek deliverance from their sinful condition.

5 tn The prefixed verbal form is interpreted as a jussive (it stands parallel to the jussive form, “may he guide”).

6 tn Heb “all the paths of the Lord are faithful and trustworthy.” The Lord’s “paths” refer here to his characteristic actions.

7 tn Heb “to the ones who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

8 tn Heb “name.” By forgiving the sinful psalmist, the Lord’s reputation as a merciful God will be enhanced.

9 sn Forgive my sin, because it is great. The psalmist readily admits his desperate need for forgiveness.

10 tn Heb “Who is this man, the one who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.” The singular (note “man”) is representative here (see v. 14, where the plural is used), and has thus been translated as a plural (“followers…they”).

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