Psalms 61:1

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

1 [a]Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.

Psalms 61:1 in Other Translations

1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
1 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
1 O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer!
1 God, listen to me shout, bend an ear to my prayer.
1 God, hear my cry; pay attention to my prayer.

Psalms 61:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 61:1

Hear my cry, O God
Being in distress; and which was vocally expressed with great fervency and importunity;

attend unto my prayer;
which psalm was made by him, and not for him; inwrought in his heart by the Spirit of God, and put up by him with a true heart and full assurance of faith, and related to his own case in particular. Aben Ezra thinks that the former word designs public prayer, vocally and openly expressed; and that this intends prayer in the heart, or mental prayer; both the Lord hears and attends unto, and is here requested; which is marvellous grace and condescension in him.

Psalms 61:1 In-Context

1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
4 I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
5 For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 64:1
  • 2. Psalms 4:1; Psalms 86:6

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.
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