Psalms 142
A Prayer in Time of Trouble
1A maskil of David, when he was in the cave.#In the cave: cf. 1 Sm 22:1; 24:1–3; Ps 57:1. A prayer.
2With my own voice I cry to the Lord;
with my own voice I beseech the Lord.
3Before him I pour out my complaint,
tell of my distress in front of him.
4When my spirit is faint within me,#Ps 143:4.
you know my path.#Ps 139:24.
As I go along this path,
they have hidden a trap for me.#Ps 141:9.
5I look to my right hand to see#Ps 16:8; 73:23; 121:5.
that there is no one willing to acknowledge me.
My escape has perished;
no one cares for me.
6I cry out to you, Lord,
I say, You are my refuge,#Ps 91:2, 9.
my portion in the land of the living.#Ps 16:5; 27:13; 116:9; Is 38:11.
7Listen to my cry for help,
for I am brought very low.#Ps 79:8.
Rescue me from my pursuers,
for they are too strong for me.
8Lead my soul from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
Then the righteous shall gather around me#Then the righteous shall gather around me: in the Temple, when the psalmist offers a thanksgiving sacrifice.
because you have been good to me.

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