New International Version
A maskil[b] of David. When he was in the cave.(A) A prayer.
1 I cry aloud(B) to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.(C)
2 I pour out before him my complaint;(D)
before him I tell my trouble.(E)
3 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.
4 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.
6 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.
7 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)
A psalm of David.
1 Lord, hear my prayer,(S)
listen to my cry for mercy;(T)
in your faithfulness(U) and righteousness(V)
come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous(W) before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness(X)
like those long dead.(Y)
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.(Z)
5 I remember(AA) the days of long ago;
I meditate(AB) on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands(AC) to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.[c]
7 Answer me quickly,(AD) Lord;
my spirit fails.(AE)
Do not hide your face(AF) from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,(AG)
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way(AH) I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.(AI)
9 Rescue me(AJ) from my enemies,(AK) Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me(AL) to do your will,
for you are my God;(AM)
may your good Spirit
lead(AN) me on level ground.(AO)
- Psalm 142:1 In Hebrew texts 142:1-7 is numbered 142:2-8.
- Psalm 142:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
- Psalm 143:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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