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Psalm 130[a]

Prayer for Pardon and Mercy

A song of ascents.


Out of the depths[b] I call to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my cry!
May your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.(A)

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  1. Psalm 130 This lament, a Penitential Psalm, is the De profundis used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed. In deep sorrow the psalmist cries to God (Ps 130:1–2), asking for mercy (Ps 130:3–4). The psalmist’s trust (Ps 130:5–6) becomes a model for the people (Ps 130:7–8).
  2. 130:1 The depths: Sheol here is a metaphor of total misery. Deep anguish makes the psalmist feel “like those descending to the pit” (Ps 143:7).

If you, Lord, keep account of sins,
    Lord, who can stand?(A)
But with you is forgiveness
    and so you are revered.[a]

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  1. 130:4 And so you are revered: the experience of God’s mercy leads one to a greater sense of God.


I wait for the Lord,
    my soul waits
    and I hope for his word.(A)
My soul looks for the Lord
    more than sentinels for daybreak.(B)
More than sentinels for daybreak,

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