Psalm 142[a]

A maskil[b] of David. When he was in the cave.(A) A prayer.

I cry aloud(B) to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.(C)
I pour out before him my complaint;(D)
    before him I tell my trouble.(E)

When my spirit grows faint(F) within me,
    it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
    people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
    no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;(G)
    no one cares(H) for my life.

I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,(I)
    my portion(J) in the land of the living.”(K)

Listen to my cry,(L)
    for I am in desperate need;(M)
rescue me(N) from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong(O) for me.
Set me free from my prison,(P)
    that I may praise your name.(Q)
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.(R)


  1. Psalm 142:1 In Hebrew texts 142:1-7 is numbered 142:2-8.
  2. Psalm 142:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

Israel’s Restoration

11 “In that day

“I will restore David’s(A) fallen shelter(B)
    I will repair its broken walls
    and restore its ruins(C)
    and will rebuild it as it used to be,(D)
12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom(E)
    and all the nations that bear my name,[a](F)
declares the Lord, who will do these things.(G)

13 “The days are coming,”(H) declares the Lord,

“when the reaper(I) will be overtaken by the plowman(J)
    and the planter by the one treading(K) grapes.
New wine(L) will drip from the mountains
    and flow from all the hills,(M)
14     and I will bring(N) my people Israel back from exile.[b](O)

“They will rebuild the ruined cities(P) and live in them.
    They will plant vineyards(Q) and drink their wine;
    they will make gardens and eat their fruit.(R)
15 I will plant(S) Israel in their own land,(T)
    never again to be uprooted(U)
    from the land I have given them,”(V)

says the Lord your God.(W)

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  1. Amos 9:12 Hebrew; Septuagint so that the remnant of people / and all the nations that bear my name may seek me
  2. Amos 9:14 Or will restore the fortunes of my people Israel

31 Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not cry.’

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine,(A) and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’(B) 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

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