Psalm 13[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

How long,(A) Lord? Will you forget me(B) forever?
    How long will you hide your face(C) from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts(D)
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?(E)

Look on me(F) and answer,(G) Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes,(H) or I will sleep in death,(I)
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,(J)
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.(K)

But I trust in your unfailing love;(L)
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.(M)
I will sing(N) the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.


  1. Psalm 13:1 In Hebrew texts 13:1-6 is numbered 13:2-6.

18 Who is a God(A) like you,
    who pardons sin(B) and forgives(C) the transgression
    of the remnant(D) of his inheritance?(E)
You do not stay angry(F) forever
    but delight to show mercy.(G)
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities(H) into the depths of the sea.(I)
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
    and show love to Abraham,(J)
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors(K)
    in days long ago.(L)

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Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised,(A) Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.(B) You who are trying to be justified by the law(C) have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.(D) For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.(E) For in Christ Jesus(F) neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.(G) The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.(H)

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