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Psalms 25:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Mine eyes are ever toward Jehovah; For he will pluck my feet out of the net.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Mine eyes [are] ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— My eyes are continually toward the LORD, For He will pluck my feet out of the net.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My eyes [are] ever towards the LORD; for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Mine eyes are ever toward Jehovah; for he will bring my feet out of the net.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Mine eyes, are continually unto Yahweh,—for, he, bringeth, out of the net, my feet.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Mine eyes [are] continually unto Jehovah, For He bringeth out from a net my feet.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— My eyes are ever towards the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the snare.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Mine eyes [are] euer towards the LORD: for hee shall plucke my feete out of the net.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Mine eyes are continually to the Lord; for he shall draw my feet out of the snare.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Mine eyes [are] ever toward Yahweh; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Mine eyes 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
[are] ever 8548
{8548} Prime
From an unused root meaning to stretch; properly continuance (as indefinite extension); but used only (attributively as adjective) constant (or adverbially constantly); elliptically the regular (daily) sacrifice.
toward x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
Yhw יָהוֶה; 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
he x1931
(1931) Complement
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
shall pluck y3318
[3318] Standard
A primitive root; to go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
my feet y7272
[7272] Standard
From H7270; a foot (as used in walking); by implication a step; by euphemism the pudenda.
out x3318
(3318) Complement
A primitive root; to go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate.
(7272) Complement
From H7270; a foot (as used in walking); by implication a step; by euphemism the pudenda.
of the net. 7568
{7568} Prime
From H3423; a net (as catching animals).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 25:15

_ _ His trust in God is fixed.

_ _ net — is frequently used as a figure for dangers by enemies (Psalms 9:15; Psalms 10:9).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 25:15-22

_ _ David, encouraged by the promises he had been meditating upon, here renews his addresses to God, and concludes the psalm, as he began, with professions of dependence upon God and desire towards him.

_ _ I. He lays open before God the calamitous condition he was in. His feet were in the net, held fast and entangled, so that he could not extricate himself out of his difficulties, Psalms 25:15. He was desolate and afflicted, Psalms 25:16. It is common for those that are afflicted to be desolate; their friends desert them then, and they are themselves disposed to sit alone and keep silence, Lamentations 3:28. David calls himself desolate and solitary because he depended not upon his servants and soldiers, but relied as entirely upon God as if he had no prospect at all of help and succour from any creature. Being in distress, in many distresses, the troubles of his heart were enlarged (Psalms 25:17), he grew more and more melancholy and troubled in mind. Sense of sin afflicted him more than any thing else: this it was that broke and wounded his spirit, and made his outward troubles lie heavily upon him. He was in affliction and pain, Psalms 25:18. His enemies that persecuted him were many and malicious (they hated him), and very barbarous; it was with a cruel hatred that they hated him, Psalms 25:19. Such were Christ's enemies and the persecutors of his church.

_ _ II. He expresses the dependence he had upon God in these distresses (Psalms 25:15): My eyes are ever towards the Lord. Idolaters were for gods that they could see with their bodily eyes, and they had their eyes ever towards their idols, Isaiah 17:7, Isaiah 17:8. But it is an eye of faith that we must have towards God, who is a Spirit, Zechariah 9:1. Our meditation of him must be sweet, and we must always set him before us: in all our ways we must acknowledge him and do all to his glory. Thus we must live a life of communion with God, not only in ordinances, but in providences, not only in acts of devotion, but in the whole course of our conversation. David had the comfort of this in his affliction; for, because his eyes were ever towards the Lord, he doubted not but he would pluck his feet out of the net, that he would deliver him from the corruptions of his own heart (so some), from the designs of his enemies against him, so others. Those that have their eye ever towards God shall not have their feet long in the net. He repeats his profession of dependence upon God (Psalms 25:20) — Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in thee; and of expectation from him — I wait on thee, Psalms 25:21. It is good thus to hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

_ _ III. He prays earnestly to God for relief and succour,

_ _ 1. For himself.

_ _ (1.) See how he begs, [1.] For the remission of sin (Psalms 25:18): Forgive all my sins. Those were his heaviest burdens, and which brought upon him all other burdens. He had begged (Psalms 25:7) for the pardon of the sins of his youth, and (Psalms 25:11) for the pardon of some one particular iniquity that was remarkably great, which some think, was his sin in the matter of Uriah. But her he prays, Lord, forgive all, take away all iniquity. It is observable that, as to his affliction, he asks for no more than God's regard to it: “Look upon my affliction and my pain, and do with it as thou pleasest.” But, as to his sin, he asks for no less than a full pardon: Forgive all my sins. When at any time we are in trouble we should be more concerned about our sins, to get them pardoned, than about our afflictions, to get them removed. Yet he prays, [2.] For the redress of his grievances. His mind was troubled for God's withdrawings from him and under the sense he had of his displeasure against him for his sins; and therefore he prays (Psalms 25:16), Turn thou unto me. And, if God turn to us, no matter who turns from us. His condition was troubled, and, in reference to that, he prays, “O bring thou me out of my distresses. I see no way of deliverance open; but thou canst either find one or make one.” His enemies were spiteful; and in reference to that, he prays, “O keep my soul from falling into their hands, or else deliver me out of their hands.”

_ _ (2.) Four things he mentions by way of plea to enforce these petitions, and refers himself and them to God's consideration: — [1.] He pleads God's mercy: Have mercy upon me. Men of the greatest merits would be undone if they had not to do with a God of infinite mercies. [2.] He pleads his own misery, the distress he was in, his affliction and pain, especially the troubles of his heart, all which made him the proper object of divine mercy. [3.] He pleads the iniquity of his enemies: “Lord, consider them, how cruel they are, and deliver me out of their hands.” [4.] He pleads his own integrity, Psalms 25:12. Though he had owned himself guilty before God, and had confessed his sins against him, yet, as to his enemies, he had the testimony of his conscience that he had done them no wrong, which was his comfort when they hated him with cruel hatred; and he prays that this might preserve him, This intimates that he did not expect to be safe any longer than he continued in his integrity and uprightness, and that, while he did continue in it, he did not doubt of being safe. Sincerity will be our best security in the worst of times. Integrity and uprightness will be a man's preservation more than the wealth and honour of the world can be. These will preserve us to the heavenly kingdom. We should therefore pray to God to preserve us in our integrity and then be assured that that will preserve us.

_ _ 2. For the church of God (Psalms 25:22): Redeem Israel, O God! out of all his troubles. David was now in trouble himself, but he thinks it not strange, since trouble is the lot of all God's Israel. Why should any one member fare better than the whole body? David's troubles were enlarged, and very earnest he was with God to deliver him, yet he forgets not the distresses of God's church; for, when we have ever so much business of our own at the throne of grace, we must still remember to pray for the public. Good men have little comfort in their own safety while the church is in distress and danger. This prayer is a prophecy that God would, at length, give David rest, and therewith give Israel rest from all their enemies round about. It is a prophecy of the sending of the Messiah in due time to redeem Israel from his iniquities (Psalms 130:8) and so to redeem them from their troubles. It refers also to the happiness of the future state. In heaven, and in heaven only, will God's Israel be perfectly redeemed from all troubles.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 25:15

Pluck — He will deliver me out of all my troubles.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 121:1-2 [[A Song of degrees.]] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. ... My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Psalms 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
Psalms 141:8 But mine eyes [are] unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.

Heb. bring forth


Psalms 31:4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.
Psalms 124:7-8 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. ... Our help [is] in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked [men]: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
2 Timothy 2:25-26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; ... And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
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