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

12 “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed(A)
    and establishes a town by injustice!
13 Has not the Lord Almighty determined
    that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire,(B)
    that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?(C)
14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory(D) of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.(E)

15 “Woe to him who gives drink(F) to his neighbors,
    pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk,
    so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!
16 You will be filled with shame(G) instead of glory.(H)
    Now it is your turn! Drink(I) and let your nakedness be exposed[a]!(J)
The cup(K) from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you,
    and disgrace will cover your glory.
17 The violence(L) you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
    and your destruction of animals will terrify you.(M)
For you have shed human blood;(N)
    you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

18 “Of what value(O) is an idol(P) carved by a craftsman?
    Or an image(Q) that teaches lies?
For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;
    he makes idols that cannot speak.(R)
19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’
    Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’(S)
Can it give guidance?
    It is covered with gold and silver;(T)
    there is no breath in it.”(U)

20 The Lord is in his holy temple;(V)
    let all the earth be silent(W) before him.

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  1. Habakkuk 2:16 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Aquila, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint) and stagger

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate(A) with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world(B) who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a](C) but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater(D) or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.(E)

12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside(F) the church? Are you not to judge those inside?(G) 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”[b](H)

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  1. 1 Corinthians 5:11 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 8:11, 13.
  2. 1 Corinthians 5:13 Deut. 13:5; 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21,24; 24:7

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