Psalm 25:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 25:8, NIV: "Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways."

Psalm 25:8, ESV: "Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way."

Psalm 25:8, KJV: "Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way."

Psalm 25:8, NASB: "The LORD is good and upright; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way."

Psalm 25:8, NLT: "The LORD is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray."

Psalm 25:8, CSB: "The LORD is good and upright; therefore he shows sinners the way."

What does Psalm 25:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David acknowledges that the Lord is good and morally correct. For those who trust in Him, He never does anything eternally hurtful, but always what is in our best interest. His words and deeds are always right, therefore we can trust God at all times and in every situation. He is so good and upright that He guides sinners to salvation and a life of righteousness.

Isaiah depicts all human beings as sheep wandering away from God (Isaiah 53:6). But in love God provided the way back to Him through Jesus' redemptive work on the cross. Isaiah 53:6 also says, "the LORD has laid on him [Jesus, the Lamb of God] the iniquity of us all." Although the Lord delights to guide sinners to salvation, many are unwilling to receive His instruction. Jesus wept over Jerusalem and lamented, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!" (Matthew 23:37).