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Psalm 130[a]

A song of ascents.[b]

130 From the deep water[c] I cry out to you, O Lord.
O Lord, listen to me.[d]
Pay attention to[e] my plea for mercy.

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  1. Psalm 130:1 sn Psalm 130. The psalmist, confident of the Lord’s forgiveness, cries out to the Lord for help in the midst of his suffering and urges Israel to do the same.
  2. Psalm 130:1 sn The precise significance of this title, which appears in Pss 120-134, is unclear. Perhaps worshipers recited these psalms when they ascended the road to Jerusalem to celebrate annual religious festivals. For a discussion of their background see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 219-21.
  3. Psalm 130:1 tn Heb “depths,” that is, deep waters (see Ps 69:2, 14; Isa 51:10), a metaphor for the life-threatening danger faced by the psalmist.
  4. Psalm 130:2 tn Heb “my voice.”
  5. Psalm 130:2 tn Heb “may your ears be attentive to the voice of.”