Psalm 25:11
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New International Version
For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

New Living Translation
For the honor of your name, O LORD, forgive my many, many sins.

English Standard Version
For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.

New American Standard Bible
For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

King James Bible
For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because of Your name, Yahweh, forgive my sin, for it is great.

International Standard Version
For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my sin, for it is great.

NET Bible
For the sake of your reputation, O LORD, forgive my sin, because it is great.

New Heart English Bible
For your name's sake, LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pardon me from my evil, because of your Name, Lord Jehovah, for it is great!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For the sake of your name, O LORD, remove my guilt, because it is great.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Thy name's sake, O LORD, Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.

New American Standard 1977
For Thy name’s sake, O LORD,
            Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Caph For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

King James 2000 Bible
For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

American King James Version
For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

American Standard Version
For thy name's sake, O Jehovah, Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thy name's sake, O Lord, thou wilt pardon my sin: for it is great.

Darby Bible Translation
For thy name's sake, O Jehovah, thou wilt indeed pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

English Revised Version
For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

World English Bible
For your name's sake, Yahweh, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thy name's sake, O Jehovah, Thou hast pardoned mine iniquity, for it is great.
Study Bible
To You, O Lord, I Lift Up My Soul
10All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. 11For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 12Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:9
He said, "If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession."

Psalm 18:23
I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.

Psalm 19:13
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

Psalm 31:3
For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.

Psalm 79:9
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name's sake.

Psalm 109:21
But You, O GOD, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name's sake; Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;

Psalm 143:11
For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

Isaiah 48:11
"For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another.

Jeremiah 14:7
"Although our iniquities testify against us, O LORD, act for Your name's sake! Truly our apostasies have been many, We have sinned against You.

Jeremiah 14:21
Do not despise us, for Your own name's sake; Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory; Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us.
Treasury of Scripture

For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

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Psalm 31:3 For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore for your name's sake …

Psalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and …

Psalm 109:21 But do you for me, O GOD the Lord, for your name's sake: because …

Psalm 143:11 Quicken me, O LORD, for your name's sake: for your righteousness' …

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 48:9 For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will …

Ezekiel 20:9 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before …

Ezekiel 36:22 Therefore say to the house of Israel, thus said the Lord GOD; I do …

1 John 2:12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you …

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Numbers 14:17-19 And now, I beseech you, let the power of my LORD be great, according …

Romans 5:15,20,21 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through …

Verse 11. - For thy Name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity. The psalmist here resumes the attitude of prayer, which he had laid aside in ver. 8. The" sins of his youth," and his other "transgressions," which he had asked God to forget (ver. 7), rankle in his own memory, and force him to cry out again and again for pardon (see ver. 18; Psalm 32:5; Psalm 38:18; Psalm 39:8; Psalm 41:4, etc.). Here he beseeches God to pardon him "for his Name's sake," i.e. for the honour of his Name, that his mercy may Be known far and wide, and his goodness cause all the world to praise him. He enforces his plea by the confession, For it (i.e. his iniquity) is great; so great, that his need of forgiveness is excessive: so great, that to forgive it will be truly Godlike; so great, that, unless forgiven, he must be lost. (For his "great sin," see 2 Samuel 11:4-17.) For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity,.... Which to do is one of the promises and blessings of the covenant. The psalmist may have reference to his sin with Bathsheba, as Kimchi observes; since it was foretold to him, that, on account of that sin, evil should arise to him out of his own house, 2 Samuel 12:11; meaning that his son should rise up in rebellion against him; which was now the case, and which, no doubt, brought afresh this sin to his mind; and the guilt of it lay heavy upon his conscience; and therefore he prays for an application of pardoning grace and mercy; or he may have respect to original sin, the sin of his nature, which so easily beset him; the loathsome disease his loins were filled with; the law in his members warring against the law of his mind; and which a view of every actual sin led him to the consideration and acknowledgment of, as did that now mentioned, Psalm 51:4; or, "iniquity" may be put for "iniquities", and the sense be, that he desired a manifestation of the pardon of all his sins; for when God forgives sin, he forgives all iniquities: and David here prays for pardon in a way of mercy, and upon the foot of satisfaction; for he prays that God would "mercifully pardon" (a), as the word signifies; or, according to his tender mercies, blot out his transgressions, and cleanse him from his sins; or that he would be "propitious" (b) to him; or forgive him in a propitiatory way, or through the propitiation of Christ, whom God had set forth in his purposes and promises to be the propitiation for the remission of sins; and therefore he entreats this favour "for his name's sake"; not for his own merits and good works, but for the Lord's sake, for his mercy's sake, or for his Son's sake; see Isaiah 43:25; compared with Ephesians 5:32. The argument or reason he urges is,

for it is great; being committed against the great God, against great light and knowledge, and attended with very aggravating circumstances; or "much" (c), he being guilty of many sins; his sins were great, both as to quality and quantity: this seems to be rather a reason against than a reason for the pardon of sin; it denotes the sense the psalmist had of his iniquity, and his importunity for the pardon of it; just as a person, sensible of the violence and malignity of his disease, entreats the physician with the greater eagerness and importunity to do his utmost for him; see Psalm 41:4; or the words may be rendered, "though it is great" (d); so Aben Ezra understands them;

"though it is so very heinous and provoking, yet since forgiveness is with thee, and thou hast promised it in covenant, and hast proclaimed thy name, a God gracious and merciful, pardon it;''

unless the words are to be connected, as they are by some Jewish (e) interpreters, with the phrase "thy name's sake, for it is great"; that is, thy name is great, and that it may appear to be so, as it is proclaimed, forgive mine iniquity.

(a) "mercifully pardon"; so Ainsworth. (b) Sept. "propitiaberis", V. L. "propitius esto", Musculus. (c) "multum", V. L. "multa", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version. (d) "quamvis", Gejerus, Schmidt, (e) Vide Abendanae Not. in Miclol Yophi in loc. 11 For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

This sentence of prayer would seem out of place were it not that prayer is always in its place, whether in season or out of season. Meditation having refreshed the Psalmist, he falls to his weighty work again, and wrestles with God for the remissions of his sin. "For thy name's sake, O Lord." Here is a blessed, never-failing plea. Not for our sakes or our merits' sake, but to glorify thy mercy, and to show forth the glory of thy divine attributes. "Pardon mine iniquity." It is confessed, it is abhorred, it is consuming my heart with grief; Lord forgive it; let thine own lips pronounce my absolution. "For it is great." It weighs so heavily upon me that I pray thee remove it. Its greatness is no difficulty with thee, for thou art a great God, but the misery which it causes to me is my argument with thee for speedy pardon. Lord, the patient is sore sick, therefore, heal him. To pardon a great sinner will bring thee great glory, therefore for thy name's sake pardon me. Observe how this verse illustrates the logic of faith, which is clean contrary to that of a legal spirit; faith looks not for merit in the creature, but hath regard to the goodness of the Creator; and instead of being staggered by the demerits of sin it looks to the precious blood, and pleads all the more vigorously because of the urgency of the case. 11. God's perfections of love, mercy, goodness, and truth are manifested (his name, compare Ps 9:10) in pardoning sin, and the greatness of sin renders pardon more needed.25:8-14 We are all sinners; and Christ came into the world to save sinners, to teach sinners, to call sinners to repentance. We value a promise by the character of him that makes it; we therefore depend upon God's promises. All the paths of the Lord, that is, all his promises and all his providences, are mercy and truth. In all God's dealings his people may see his mercy displayed, and his word fulfilled, whatever afflictions they are now exercised with. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth; and so it will appear when they come to their journey's end. Those that are humble, that distrust themselves, and desire to be taught and to follow Divine guidance, these he will guide in judgment, that is, by the rule of the written word, to find rest for their souls in the Saviour. Even when the body is sick, and in pain, the soul may be at ease in God.
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