25:1 O Lord, I come before you in prayer.2
25:2 My God, I trust in you.
Please do not let me be humiliated;
do not let my enemies triumphantly rejoice over me!
25:3 Certainly none who rely on you will be humiliated.
Those who deal in treachery will be thwarted3 and humiliated.
25:4 Make me understand your ways, O Lord!
Teach me your paths!4
25:5 Guide me into your truth5 and teach me.
For you are the God who delivers me;
on you I rely all day long.
25:6 Remember6 your compassionate and faithful deeds, O Lord,
for you have always acted in this manner.7
25:7 Do not hold against me8 the sins of my youth9 or my rebellious acts!
Because you are faithful to me, extend to me your favor, O Lord!10
25:8 The Lord is both kind and fair;11
that is why he teaches sinners the right way to live.12
25:9 May he show13 the humble what is right!14
May he teach15 the humble his way!
25:10 The Lord always proves faithful and reliable16
to those who follow the demands of his covenant.17
25:11 For the sake of your reputation,18 O Lord,
forgive my sin, because it is great.19
25:12 The Lord shows his faithful followers
the way they should live.20
25:13 They experience his favor;21
their descendants22 inherit the land.23
25:14 The Lord’s loyal followers receive his guidance,24
and he reveals his covenantal demands to them.25
25:15 I continually look to the Lord for help,26
for he will free my feet from the enemy’s net.27
25:16 Turn toward me and have mercy on me,
for I am alone28 and oppressed!
25:17 Deliver me from my distress;29
rescue me from my suffering!30
25:18 See my pain and suffering!
Forgive all my sins!31
25:19 Watch my enemies, for they outnumber me;
they hate me and want to harm me.32
25:20 Protect me33 and deliver me!
Please do not let me be humiliated,
for I have taken shelter in you!
25:21 May integrity and godliness protect me,
for I rely on you!
25:22 O God, rescue34 Israel
from all their distress!35