Psalm 25:16
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New International Version
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

New Living Translation
Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress.

English Standard Version
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

New American Standard Bible
Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted.

King James Bible
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am alone and afflicted.

International Standard Version
Turn toward me and have mercy on me, for I am lonely and oppressed.

NET Bible
Turn toward me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and oppressed!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Return to me and show me mercy because I am alone and afflicted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Turn to me, and have pity on me. I am lonely and oppressed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ain Turn thee unto me and have mercy upon me, for I am desolate and afflicted.

King James 2000 Bible
Turn you unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

American King James Version
Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

American Standard Version
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; For I am desolate and afflicted.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me; for I am alone and poor.

Darby Bible Translation
Turn toward me, and be gracious unto me; for I am solitary and afflicted.

English Revised Version
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

Webster's Bible Translation
Turn thee to me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

World English Bible
Turn to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted.

Young's Literal Translation
Turn Thou unto me, and favour me, For lonely and afflicted am I.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

25:15-22 The psalmist concludes, as he began, with expressing dependence upon God, and desire toward him. It is good thus to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. And if God turns to us, no matter who turns from us. He pleads his own integrity. Though guilty before God, yet, as to his enemies, he had the testimony of conscience that he had done them no wrong. God would, at length, give Israel rest from all their enemies round about. In heaven, God's Israel will be perfectly redeemed from all troubles. Blessed Saviour, thou hast graciously taught us that without thee we can do nothing. Do thou teach us how to pray, how to appear before thee in the way which thou shalt choose, and how to lift up our whole hearts and desires after thee, for thou art the Lord our righteousness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me. The approach of peril is regarded as a sign that God has "turned away his face." He is besought, therefore, to turn towards one who needs his aid. For I am desolate and afflicted (comp. vers. 17, 18). The affliction evidently comes from enemies, either foreign or domestic (vers. 2, 19); but its nature is not further indicated.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me,.... Or "look unto me", or "upon me" (f); which suggests that the Lord had turned himself, and hid his face from him; and expresses a desire that he would look upon him with a look of love and mercy, and arise to help and deliver him out of the hands of his enemies; he pleads no merits nor works of righteousness of his, but casts himself upon the mercy of God;

for I am desolate and afflicted; or "alone and poor" (g); not that he was quite alone, and had none with him; for though he was obliged to quit his palace, and the city of Jerusalem, yet he was accompanied by his servants, and a large number of his people; and could not be poor, in a literal sense, being king of Israel; yet he put no trust in men, nor in riches, but wholly depended on the Lord, as if he had none with him, nor anything to subsist with: and his case was indeed very deplorable, and called for pity and assistance; his own son was risen up against him, and the hearts of the men of Israel went after him; and he was obliged to flee from the city, and leave his house and family.

(f) "respice ad me", Montanus, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, &c. (g) "solitarius et pauper", Junius & Tremellius; "et miser", Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

The Treasury of David

16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 25:16

His own eyes were fixed upon God, but he feared that the Lord had averted his face from him in anger. Oftentimes unbelief suggests that God has turned his back upon us. If we know that we turn to God we need not fear that he will turn from us, but may boldly cry, "Turn thee unto me." The ground of quarrel is always in ourselves, and when that is removed there is nothing to prevent our full enjoyment of communion with God. "Have mercy upon me." Saints still must stand upon the footing of mercy; notwithstanding all their experience they cannot get beyond the publican's prayer, "Have mercy upon me." "For I am desolate and afflicted." He was lonely and bowed down. Jesus was in the days of his flesh in just such a condition; none could enter into the secret depths of his sorrows, he trod the winepress alone, and hence he is able to succour in the fullest sense those who tread the solitary path.

"Christ leads me through no darker rooms

Than he went through before;

He that into God's kingdom comes,

Must enter by this door."

Psalm 25:17

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16-19. A series of earnest appeals for aid because God had seemed to desert him (compare Ps 13:1; 17:13, &c.), his sins oppressed him, his enemies had enlarged his troubles and were multiplied, increasing in hate and violence (Ps 9:8; 18:48).

Psalm 25:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
To You, O Lord, I Lift Up My Soul
15My eyes are continually toward the LORD, For He will pluck my feet out of the net. 16Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted. 17The troubles of my heart are enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses.…
Cross References
Psalm 4:1
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 69:16
Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.

Psalm 86:16
Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.

Psalm 119:132
Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.

Psalm 143:4
So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.
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