Psalm 25:11 For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

What is the meaning of for in this verse? which word can be substituted instead of for to get the most accurate meaning. Let me give 2 suggestions.

  1. For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; because it is great.

  2. For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; which it is great.

This question has a background which is the answer given by b a in What does the word “for” mean and imply in Psalms 18:17?

  • כִּי Prepositional prefix, I don’t think it carries the amount of weight you are affording it but maybe I’m wrong. Certainly I don’t currently don’t see it that way Jan 11, 2019 at 4:53
  • @MrConstantin—כִּי is not a prepositional prefix in Hebrew. Jan 11, 2019 at 5:33
  • That’s true it’s the full form of a prepositional prefix or a primitive particle, consequently used as an adverb or conjunction. Jan 11, 2019 at 11:15

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כִּי is yet again causal and is perhaps best understood as “because” or “since.”

According to Franz Delitzsch,1

כִּי gives the ground of the need and urgency of the petition.


1 Delitzsch, p. 344


Delitzsch, Franz. Commentary on the Old Testament. 1900. Reprint. Trans. Bolton, Francis. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988.

  • I would also like the comment/answer of @ba Jan 11, 2019 at 5:58

Here is a capture from Bible Hub for this word, "for". https://biblehub.com/psalms/25-11.htm

There is a wonderful expression of God's grace here by David. He is pleading forgiveness because God is who He is - kind, merciful and forgiving. Further, it is urgent because David's sin is so great. It reminds me of Paul's remark in Rom 5:20, "... But where sin increased, grace increased all the more".

  • I read a sermon by Jonahan Edwards based on the same way of interpretation but @ba gave a different meaning to for in another verse. So I was curious. Jan 11, 2019 at 14:58

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