For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of David. God, ·listen [L give ear] to my prayer and do not ·ignore [hide from] my ·cry for help [supplication].
1 David being in great heaviness and distress, complaineth of the cruelty of Saul, 13 and of the falsehood of his familiar acquaintance, 17 Uttering the most ardent affections to move the Lord to pity him. 22 After, being assured of deliverance, he setteth forth the grace of God, as though he had already obtained his request.To him that excelleth on Neginoth. A Psalm of David to give instruction. Hear my prayer, O God, and hide not thyself from my supplication.
A David Psalm Open your ears, God, to my prayer; don’t pretend you don’t hear me knocking. Come close and whisper your answer. I really need you. I shudder at the mean voice, quail before the evil eye, As they pile on the guilt, stockpile angry slander.
To victory in organs, the learning of David. God, hear thou my prayer, and despise thou not my beseeching; (To victory, on instruments, the teaching of David. God, hear thou my prayer, and despise thou not my plea;)
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