Psalms 13:1

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 [a]How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

Psalms 13:1 in Other Translations

1 How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
1 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?
1 Long enough, God - you've ignored me long enough. I've looked at the back of your head
1 Lord, how long will You continually forget me? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalms 13:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 13:1

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever?
&c.] When God does not immediately deliver his people from their enemies, or help them out of an affliction; when he does not discover his love, communicate his grace, apply the blessings and promises of his covenant as usual; and when he does not visit them in his usual manner, and so frequently as he has formerly done, they are ready to conclude he has forgotten them; and sometimes this continues long, and then they fear they are forgotten for ever; and this they cannot bear, and therefore expostulate with God in a querulous manner, as the psalmist does here; but this is to be understood not in reality, but in their own apprehension, and in the opinion of their enemies; God never does nor can forget his people; oblivion does not fall upon him with respect to common persons and things; and much less with respect to his own dear children, for whom a special book of remembrance is written; (See Gill on Psalms 9:18);

how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
his love, and the manifestation of it, from his person; his gracious presence, the light of his smiling countenance, which sometimes God hides or withdraws from his people by way of resentment of their unbecoming carriage to him; and which is very distressing to them, for they are apt to imagine it is in wrath and hot displeasure, when he still loves them, and will with everlasting kindness have mercy on them; see ( Isaiah 8:17 ) ( 59:2 ) ( 54:7-10 ) . The Targum renders it, "the glory of thy face".

Psalms 13:1 In-Context

1 How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 6:3
  • 2. Psalms 42:9; Lamentations 5:20
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 31:17; S Psalms 22:24; S Isaiah 8:17; S Isaiah 54:9; Job 13:24; Psalms 44:24

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 13:1-6 is numbered 13:2-6.
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