▼ Psalm 142. The psalmist laments his persecuted state and asks the Lord to deliver him from his enemies.
A well-written song
The meaning of the Hebrew term מַשְׂכִּיל (maskil) is uncertain. The word is derived from a verb meaning “to be prudent; to be wise.” Various options are: “a contemplative song,” “a song imparting moral wisdom,” or “a skillful [i.e., well-written] song.” The term occurs in the superscriptions of Pss 32, 42, 44, 45, 52–55, 74, 78, 88, 89, and 142, as well as in Ps 47:7. by David, when he was in the cave;
a prayer. 1 To the Lord I cry out;
▼ Heb “[with] my voice to the Lord I cry out.”
to the Lord I plead for mercy. ▼
▼ Heb “[with] my voice to the Lord I plead for mercy.”
2 I pour out my lament before him;
I tell him about ▼
▼ Heb “my trouble before him I declare.”my troubles.
3 Even when my strength leaves me, ▼
▼ Heb “my spirit grows faint.”
you watch my footsteps. ▼
▼ Heb “you know my path.”
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see!
No one cares about me. ▼
▼ Heb “there is no one who recognizes me.”
I have nowhere to run; ▼
▼ Heb “ a place of refuge perishes from me.”
no one is concerned about my life. ▼
▼ Heb “there is no one who seeks for the sake of my life.”
5 I cry out to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my shelter,
my security ▼
▼ Heb “my portion.” The psalmist compares the Lord to landed property, which was foundational to economic stability in ancient Israel.in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry for help,
for I am in serious trouble! ▼
▼ Heb “for I am very low.”
Rescue me from those who chase me,
for they are stronger than I am.
Free me ▼
▼ Heb “bring out my life.”from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
Because of me the godly will assemble, ▼
▼ Or “gather around.”
for you will vindicate me. ▼
▼ The Hebrew idiom גָּמַל עַל (gamal ’al) means “to repay,” here in a positive sense.
▼ Psalm 143. As in the previous psalm, the psalmist laments his persecuted state and asks the Lord to deliver him from his enemies.
A psalm of David.7
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