Psalm 25 – “Pedagogic/Hymnic Petition”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist praises God and begs to be saved from his enemies.

II. Photo
God shows the way: “[God] guides the lowly in the right path, and teaches the lowly His way.” (v. 9)

III. Select Verses
1b-2a: O LORD, I set my hope on You; my God, in You I trust; may I not be disappointed
4-5: Let me know Your paths, O LORD; teach me Your ways; guide me in Your true way and teach me, for You are God, my deliverer; it is You I look to at all times.
8-10: Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He shows sinners the way. He guides the lowly in the right path, and teaches the lowly His way. All the LORD’S paths are steadfast love for those who keep the decrees of His covenant.
12-13: Whoever fears the LORD, he shall be shown what path to choose. He shall live a happy life, and his children shall inherit the land.
18-20: Look at my affliction and suffering, and forgive all my sins. See how numerous my enemies are, and how unjustly they hate me! Protect me and save me; let me not be disappointed, for I have sought refuge in You.

IV. Outline
1a. Superscription
1b-2a. Proclamation of trust
2b-3a. Petition
3b. Imprecation of enemies
4-7. Devotional petition, confession
8-14. Pedagogic lesson and hymnic praise
15. Proclamation of trust
16. Preliminary petition
17-19. Complaint
20. Personal wish
21. Communal wish

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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