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Psalm 13[a]

Prayer for Help

For the leader. A psalm of David.


How long, Lord? Will you utterly forget me?
    How long will you hide your face from me?(A)

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  1. Psalm 13 A typical lament, in which the psalmist feels forgotten by God (Ps 13:2–3)—note the force of the repetition of “How long.” The references to enemies may suggest some have wished evil on the psalmist. The heartfelt prayer (Ps 13:4–5) passes on a statement of trust (Ps 13:6a), intended to reinforce the prayer, and a vow to thank God when deliverance has come (Ps 13:6b).