Psalms 102:1

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the LORD.

1 [a]Hear my prayer, LORD; let my cry for help come to you.

Psalms 102:1 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
English Standard Version (ESV)
1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you!
New Living Translation (NLT)
1 LORD, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea!
The Message Bible (MSG)
1 God, listen! Listen to my prayer, listen to the pain in my cries.
American Standard Version (ASV)
1 Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, And let my cry come unto thee.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
1 O LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry for help come to you.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
1 Lord, hear my prayer; let my cry for help come before You.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
1 Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for help.

Psalms 102:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 102:1

Hear my prayer, O Lord
The prayer of a poor, destitute, and afflicted one; his own, and not another's; not what was composed for him, but composed by him; which came out of his own heart, and out of unfeigned lips, and expressed under a feeling sense of his own wants and troubles; and though dictated and inwrought in his heart by the Spirit of God, yet, being put up by him in faith and fervency, it is called his own, and which he desires might be heard:

and let my cry come unto thee;
he calls his prayer cry, because it was uttered in distress, and with great vehemency and importunity; and he prays that it might come unto God, even into his ears, and be regarded by him, and not shut out: prayer comes aright to God, when it comes through Christ, and out of his hands, perfumed with the incense of his mediation.


F5 (ynel) "pauperis", V. L. Pagninus, Vatablus, Amama; "inopis", Cocceius.
F6 (Pjey) "convolveretur", Munster; "obtegitur", Gejerus, so Michaelis.
F7 (wxyv) "meditationem suam", Junius & Tremellius, Gejerus, so Ainsworth.

Psalms 102:1 In-Context

1 Hear my prayer, LORD; let my cry for help come to you.
2 Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
3 For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.
4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.
5 In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.

Cross References 2

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 102:1-28 is numbered 102:2-29.
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