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Psalm 142 English Standard Version (ESV)

You Are My Refuge

A Maskil[a] of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

142 With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
    with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him;
    I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit faints within me,
    you know my way!
In the path where I walk
    they have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see:
    there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
    no one cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”
Attend to my cry,
    for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
    for they are too strong for me!
Bring me out of prison,
    that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
    for you will deal bountifully with me.


  1. Psalm 142:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Psalm 142 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 142

A contemplative prayer[a] of David while he hid in a cave.

I call out loudly to the Eternal One;
    I lift my voice to the Eternal begging for His favor.
I let everything that’s going wrong spill out of my mouth;
    I spell out all my troubles to Him.
When my spirit buckled under the burdens I bear,
    You knew my way.
They conspired to trip me up and trap me
    on the path where I was walking.
Take a look around and see—to the right, to the left
    no one is there who cares for me.
There’s no way out of here;
    no one cares about the state of my soul.

You are the One I called to, O Eternal One.
    I said, “You’re the only safe place I know;
    You’re all I’ve got in this world.
Oh, let me know that You hear my cry
    because I’m languishing and desperate;

Rescue me from those who torment me
    because there’s no way I can stand up to them;
    they are much too strong for me.
Lift my captive soul from this dark prison
    so I may render to You my gratitude;
Then Your righteous people will gather around me
    because You will treat me with astounding goodness.”


  1. 142:title Hebrew, maskil
The Voice (VOICE)

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