New American Standard Bible
Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
King James Bible
Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
Darby Bible Translation
Good and upright is Jehovah; therefore will he instruct sinners in the way:
World English Bible
Good and upright is Yahweh, therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
Young's Literal Translation
Good and upright is Jehovah, Therefore He directeth sinners in the way.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Good and upright is the Lord - His character is benevolent, and he is worthy of confidence. He is not merely "good," but he is equal and just in his dealings with people. This latter attribute is no less a reason for confidence in his character than the former. We need a God who is not merely benevolent and kind, but who is just and faithful; whose administration is based on principles of truth and justice, and in whose dealings, therefore, his creatures can repose unlimited confidence.
Therefore will he teach sinners - Because he is good and upright, we may approach him with the assurance that he will guide us aright. His "goodness" may be relied on as furnishing evidence that he will be "disposed" to do this; his "uprightness" as furnishing the assurance that the path in which he will lead us will be the best path. We could not rely on mere benevolence, for it might lack wisdom and firmness, or might lack power to execute its own purposes; we can rely upon it when it is connected with a character that is infinitely upright, and an arm that is infinitely mighty.
In the way - In the right way - the way in which they should go, the path of truth, of happiness, of salvation.
LibraryGuidance in Judgment
'Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He teach sinners in the way. 9. The meek will He guide in judgment; and the meek will He teach His way.'--PSALM xxv. 8, 9. The Psalmist prays in this psalm for three things: deliverance, guidance, and forgiveness. Of these three petitions the central one is that for guidance. 'Show me Thy ways, O Lord,' he asks in a previous verse; where he means by 'Thy ways,' not God's dealings with men, but men's conduct as prescribed by God. In my text he exchanges …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Both Things are Specially Worthy of Notice. ...
Out of the Deep of Suffering and Sorrow.
"He is the Rock, his Work is Perfect. For all his Ways are Judgment. A God of Truth, and Without Iniquity, Just and Right is He.
Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
Many nations will come and say, "Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths." For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
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