Psalms 25
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1  Of David. Hashem, I set my hope on You;

א  לְדָוִד אֵלֶיךָ יְהוָה נַפְשִׁי אֶשָּׂא׃

2  my God, in You I trust; may I not be disappointed, may my enemies not exult over me.

ב  אֱ‍לֹהַי בְּךָ בָטַחְתִּי אַל־אֵבוֹשָׁה אַל־יַעַלְצוּ אֹיְבַי לִי׃

3  O let none who look to You be disappointed; let the faithless be disappointed, empty-handed.

ג  גַּם כָּל־קֹוֶיךָ לֹא יֵבֹשׁוּ יֵבֹשׁוּ הַבּוֹגְדִים רֵיקָם׃

4  Let me know Your paths, Hashem; teach me Your ways;

ד  דְּרָכֶיךָ יְהוָה הוֹדִיעֵנִי אֹרְחוֹתֶיךָ לַמְּדֵנִי׃

5  guide me in Your true way and teach me, for You are Hashem, my deliverer; it is You I look to at all times.

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ה  הַדְרִיכֵנִי בַאֲמִתֶּךָ וְלַמְּדֵנִי כִּי־אַתָּה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׁעִי אוֹתְךָ קִוִּיתִי כָּל־הַיּוֹם׃

25:5   For You are Hashem, my deliverer

This psalm is an acrostic, describing and praising the one who fears Hashem. Together with a statement of faith, it contains a desire to know God’s ways, a plea for compassion, a confession of sins, and a request for deliverance from enemies and salvation for all Israel. In 1950, when the State of Israel was newly established and new settlements were emerging, a group of Yemenite Jews came to the lowlands near Beit Shemesh and desired to set up an agricultural settlement. They named it Yishi, meaning God is my salvation. Today, the Yemenite community still works the land and recites the Tehillim daily, continuously hoping for the complete salvation.2 comments

6  Hashem, be mindful of Your compassion and Your faithfulness; they are old as time.

ו  זְכֹר־רַחֲמֶיךָ יְהוָה וַחֲסָדֶיךָ כִּי מֵעוֹלָם הֵמָּה׃

7  Be not mindful of my youthful sins and transgressions; in keeping with Your faithfulness consider what is in my favor, as befits Your goodness, Hashem.

ז  חַטֹּאות נְעוּרַי וּפְשָׁעַי אַל־תִּזְכֹּר כְּחַסְדְּךָ זְכָר־לִי־אַתָּה לְמַעַן טוּבְךָ יְהוָה׃

8  Good and upright is Hashem; therefore He shows sinners the way.

ח  טוֹב־וְיָשָׁר יְהוָה עַל־כֵּן יוֹרֶה חַטָּאִים בַּדָּרֶךְ׃

9  He guides the lowly in the right path, and teaches the lowly His way.

ט  יַדְרֵךְ עֲנָוִים בַּמִּשְׁפָּט וִילַמֵּד עֲנָוִים דַּרְכּוֹ׃

10   All Hashem’s paths are steadfast love for those who keep the decrees of His covenant.

י  כָּל־אָרְחוֹת יְהוָה חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת לְנֹצְרֵי בְרִיתוֹ וְעֵדֹתָיו׃

11  As befits Your name, Hashem, pardon my iniquity though it be great.

יא  לְמַעַן־שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה וְסָלַחְתָּ לַעֲוֺנִי כִּי רַב־הוּא׃

12  Whoever fears Hashem, he shall be shown what path to choose.

יב  מִי־זֶה הָאִישׁ יְרֵא יְהוָה יוֹרֶנּוּ בְּדֶרֶךְ יִבְחָר׃

13  He shall live a happy life, and his children shall inherit the land.

יג  נַפְשׁוֹ בְּטוֹב תָּלִין וְזַרְעוֹ יִירַשׁ אָרֶץ׃

14  The counsel of Hashem is for those who fear Him; to them He makes known His covenant.

יד  סוֹד יְהוָה לִירֵאָיו וּבְרִיתוֹ לְהוֹדִיעָם׃

15  My eyes are ever toward Hashem, for He will loose my feet from the net.

טו  עֵינַי תָּמִיד אֶל־יְהוָה כִּי הוּא־יוֹצִיא מֵרֶשֶׁת רַגְלָי׃

16  Turn to me, have mercy on me, for I am alone and afflicted.

טז  פְּנֵה־אֵלַי וְחָנֵּנִי כִּי־יָחִיד וְעָנִי אָנִי׃

17  My deep distress increases; deliver me from my straits.

יז  צָרוֹת לְבָבִי הִרְחִיבוּ מִמְּצוּקוֹתַי הוֹצִיאֵנִי׃

18  Look at my affliction and suffering, and forgive all my sins.

יח  רְאֵה עָנְיִי וַעֲמָלִי וְשָׂא לְכָל־חַטֹּאותָי׃

19  See how numerous my enemies are, and how unjustly they hate me!

יט  רְאֵה־אוֹיְבַי כִּי־רָבּוּ וְשִׂנְאַת חָמָס שְׂנֵאוּנִי׃

20  Protect me and save me; let me not be disappointed, for I have sought refuge in You.

כ  שָׁמְרָה נַפְשִׁי וְהַצִּילֵנִי אַל־אֵבוֹשׁ כִּי־חָסִיתִי בָךְ׃

21  May integrity and uprightness watch over me, for I look to You.

כא  תֹּם־וָיֹשֶׁר יִצְּרוּנִי כִּי קִוִּיתִיךָ׃

22  O Hashem, redeem Yisrael from all its distress.

 

כב  פְּדֵה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִכֹּל צָרוֹתָיו׃

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