December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Of David. 1 I wait for you, O LORD; I lift up my soul
- to my God. In you I trust; do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me.
- No one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who lightly break faith.
- Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths.
- 2 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior. For you I wait all the long day, because of your goodness, LORD.
- Remember your compassion and love, O LORD; for they are ages old.
- Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me only in light of your love.
- Good and upright is the LORD, who shows sinners the way,
- Guides the humble rightly, and teaches the humble the way.
- All the paths of the LORD are faithful love toward those who honor the covenant demands.
- For the sake of your name, LORD, pardon my guilt, though it is great.
- Who are those who fear the LORD? God shows them the way to choose.
- They live well and prosper, and their descendants inherit the land.
- The counsel of the LORD belongs to the faithful; the covenant instructs them.
- My eyes are ever upon the LORD, who frees my feet from the snare.
- Look upon me, have pity on me, for I am alone and afflicted.
- Relieve the troubles of my heart; bring me out of my distress.
- Put an end to my affliction and suffering; take away all my sins.
- See how many are my enemies, see how fiercely they hate me.
- Preserve my life and rescue me; do not let me be disgraced, for I trust in you.
- Let honesty and virtue preserve me; I wait for you, O LORD.
- 3 Redeem Israel, God, from all its distress!
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1 [Psalm 25] A lament. Each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Such acrostic psalms are often a series of statements only loosely connected. The psalmist mixes ardent pleas (Psalm 25:1-2, 16-22) with expressions of confidence in God who forgives and guides.
2  Because of your goodness, LORD: these words have been transposed from the end of 7 to preserve the pattern of two lines per letter of the Hebrew alphabet in the acrostic poem.
3  A final verse beginning with the Hebrew letter pe is added to the normal 22-letter alphabet. Thus the letters aleph, lamed, and pe open the first, middle (Psalm 25:11), and last lines of the psalm. Together, they spell aleph, the first letter of the alphabet.
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