God as Teacher in Psalm 25

In: Vetus Testamentum
Andrew T. Abernethy Wheaton College 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187

Search for other papers by Andrew T. Abernethy in
Current site
Google Scholar
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution


Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):


There are nearly fifty verses in Psalms where God is the subject of a verb for teaching. Six of these occurrences take place in Psalm 25. Advancing beyond previous research on God as teacher in Psalm 25, this article offers an alternative to the traditional interpretation that Ps 25:4-5 and 8-9 speak of God teaching sinners to enable them to obey torah. The case is made that these verses may be understood as God teaching his people about himself—his ways—by intervening in their circumstances, at times through a word of wisdom, rather than simply teaching them about his demands to help them overcome sin.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 405 45 4
Full Text Views 302 6 0
PDF Views & Downloads 98 20 0