Psalm 25

1 Unto thee, Jehovah, do I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in thee have I trusted,
Let me not be put to shame;
Let not mine enemies triumph over me.
3 Yea, none that wait for thee shall be put to shame:
They shall be put to shame that deal treacherously
without cause.
4 Show me thy ways, O Jehovah;
Teach me thy paths.
5 Guide me in thy truth, and teach me;
For thou art the God of my salvation;
For thee do I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O Jehovah, thy tender mercies and thy
For they have been ever of old.

1-3. Prayers of the church to the Lord, that they may be protected from the hells. P. P.

4-6. That they may be taught truths. P. P.

4, 5. Here also a way manifestly stands for truth. A. 627.

Thus instead of a way angels perceive truths, and this as well in the historic as in the prophetic parts of the Word. A. 2333.

In these passages by a way is signified truth, and in the opposite sense false. A. 10422.

7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:
According to thy lovingkindness remember thou me,
For thy goodness’ sake, O Jehovah.
8 Good and upright is Jehovah:
Therefore will he instruct sinners in the way.
9 The meek will he guide in justice;
And the meek will he teach his way.
10 All the paths of Jehovah are lovingkindness and truth
Unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11.For thy name’s sake, O Jehovah,
Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.

6, 7. Sins stand for evils derived from a depraved will, and transgressions for evils derived from a perverse understanding. A. 9156.

Every one may know that recollection or remembrance cannot be predicated of the Lord, since things past and future in Him are eternal, that is are present from eternity to eternity. To remember when concerning the Lord stands for to have compassion, and thus to preserve or deliver from a principle of mercy. A. 9849.

7-11. That their sins may be forgiven from mercy. P. P. io. See Psalm xix. 8. A. 4197.

Because the good of love and the truth of faith are in the closest conjunction, and the one is not given without the other, therefore this form of speaking was usual among the ancients, because it was known to them that the good of love was inseparable from the truth of faith, for this reason also these two are often spoken of conjointly in the Word. A. 6180.

The compact of a covenant on the part of the Lord is mercy and election. A. 6804.

Since by a covenant is signified conjunction, and since by the Divine truth proceeding from the Lord — that is the Word — is effected conjunction, therefore all things which are of the Divine truth from the Lord or which are of the Word, are called a covenant. A. 9396.

See Psalm xix. 8-10. E. 392.

12 What man is he that feareth Jehovah?
Him shall he instruct in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease;
And his seed shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear him;
And he will show them his covenant.
15 Mine eyes are ever toward Jehovah;
For he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me;
For I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged:
Oh bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Consider mine affliction and my travail;
And forgive all my sins.
19 Consider mine enemies, for they are many;
And they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 Oh keep my soul, and deliver me:
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in thee.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for thee.

12 The man that feareth Jehovah stands for him who worships Him, and that this is said of the spiritual man is manifest. A. 2826.

12, 13. See Psalm xvi. 10. E. 750.
12-14. Thus they will have good and conjunction. P. P.

15-20. Prayer of the church to the Lord, and in the highest sense of the Lord to the Father, that, because He alone fights, He may assist against the hells. P. P.

21 For perfection is His, P. P.

21 An upright man is one who is true from good, or who speaks and does truth from charity. A. 612.

By entire or integrity in the internal sense of the Word is signified Divine truth in effect, which is a life according to the Divine precepts. A. 9905.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all his troubles.

22 And thus there is redemption. P. P.

To redeem Israel from his troubles signifies to liberate those who are of the church from falsities which bring trouble. E. 328.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)