Psalm 25:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 25:7, NIV: "Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good."

Psalm 25:7, ESV: "Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!"

Psalm 25:7, KJV: "Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD."

Psalm 25:7, NASB: "Do not remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoings; Remember me according to Your faithfulness, For Your goodness’ sake, LORD."

Psalm 25:7, NLT: "Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O LORD."

Psalm 25:7, CSB: "Do not remember the sins of my youth or my acts of rebellion; in keeping with your faithful love, remember me because of your goodness, LORD."

What does Psalm 25:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David prays about those things he does not want the Lord to remember, as opposed to those he does want Him to remember. Naturally, David does not want the Lord to remember the sins he committed as a young man. These sins probably included both sins of omission and sins of commission. Because David knew God is merciful and loving, he appeals to Him for pardon.

Youth is certainly a time when passions are strongest and restraint is weakest. In his reply to his critic Zophar, Job said, "You write bitter things against me and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth" (Job 13:26). In his second letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul exhorts Timothy: "Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart" (2 Timothy 2:22). While it might seem easier to err in our youth, temptation does not stop when we grow old. But all who put their faith in God, whether young or old, can be triumphant over the temptation to sin. Psalm 119:9 counsels: "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word."