A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of David when he was in the cave [C at Adullam (1 Sam. 22:1, 4) or En-Gedi (1 Sam. 24:1–22)]. A prayer.
142 I cry out to the Lord; I ·pray [cry out] to the Lord for ·mercy [grace]. 2 I pour out my ·problems [complaint] to him; I tell him my ·troubles [distress]. 3 When ·I am afraid [I am depressed; L my spirit is faint], you, Lord, know ·the way out [L my way]. In the path where I walk, ·a trap is hidden [L they have hidden a trap] for me. 4 Look ·around me [L at/on my right hand] and see. No one cares about me. ·I have no place of safety [L A place of refuge perishes from me]; no one ·cares if I live [L seeks for my soul].
5 Lord, I cry out to you. I say, “You are my ·protection [refuge]. ·You are all I want in this life [L …my portion in the land of the living].” 6 ·Listen [Pay attention] to my cry, because I am ·helpless [brought very low]. ·Save [Protect] me from those who are ·chasing [pursuing; persecuting] me, because they are too strong for me. 7 ·Free me [L Bring me out] from my prison, and then I will ·praise [thank] your name. Then ·good [righteous] people will surround me, because you have ·taken care of me [given me my reward].
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