Psalms 142:2

2 I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble.

Psalms 142:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
ESV
2 I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.
NLT
2 I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles.
MSG
2 I spill out all my complaints before him, and spell out my troubles in detail:
CSB
2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I reveal my trouble to Him.

Psalms 142:2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 142:2

I poured out my complaint before him
Not a complaint of the Lord and of his providences, but of himself; of his sins, and particularly his unbelief; and also of them that persecuted and afflicted him; which he "poured" out from the abundance of his heart, and in the bitterness of his soul; denoting the fulness of his prayer, his freedom in it, the power and fervency of it, and which he left before the Lord, and submitted to his will; see ( Psalms 102:1 ) , title;

I showed before him my trouble;
the present trouble he was in, being pursued and surrounded by Saul and his army; not as if the Lord was ignorant of it, and did not see and observe it, but to affect his own soul with it, to exercise grace under it, and ease his burdened and distressed mind; the best of men have their troubles both within and without, and the way to be rid of them is to carry them to the Lord.

Psalms 142:2 In-Context

1 I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble.
3 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 64:1; Isaiah 26:16
  • 2. S Psalms 50:15