A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

A Prayer for Deliverance from Pursuers

1 I cry out with my voice to Yahweh; I implore favor with my voice to Yahweh.

References for Psalms 142:1

    • a 142:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
      2 I pour out my complaint before him; I declare my trouble before him.
      3 When my spirit faints within me, you know my way. On the path where I walk, they have hidden a trap for me;
      4 look to [my] right and see. There is no one looking out for me; there is no escape for me; no one cares for my soul.

      References for Psalms 142:4

        • b 142:4 - Hebrew "a refuge has perished from me"
        • c 142:4 - Or "life"
          5 I cry out to you, O Yahweh. I say, "You [are] my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
          6 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low. Deliver me from my pursuers, for they are stronger than I.
          7 Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name. [The] righteous will encircle me, because you will deal bountifully with me.

          References for Psalms 142:7

            • d 142:7 - Hebrew "my soul"