Psalms 130:1-4

A song of ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

Psalms 130:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
ESV
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
NLT
1 From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help.
MSG
1 Help, God - the bottom has fallen out of my life! Master, hear my cry for help!
CSB
1 Out of the depths I call to You, Lord!

Psalms 130:1-4 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 130

\\<>\\. This psalm is by some thought to have been written by David either when persecuted by Saul, and in great distress, and fearful he should perish by him; or else when in great distress of mind because of sin, after the affair of Bathsheba; and it is reckoned therefore among the penitential psalms. Though others think it was written by Ezra, or some other godly person in the captivity; and Aben Ezra and R. Obadiah interpret it of Israel in captivity. The Syriac inscription is, ``one of the psalms of ascension: it is said concerning Nehemiah the priest (or rather the prince or governor, since Nehemiah was no priest); and it intimates in it the prayer of the martyrs.'' It may be applied to any person in distress, outward or inward; applying to God for help and deliverance, for pardoning grace and mercy; encouraging himself and others to hope for it.

Psalms 130:1-4 In-Context

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Job 30:19; Psalms 42:7; Psalms 69:2; Lamentations 3:55
  • 2. Psalms 22:2; Psalms 55:17; Psalms 142:5
  • 3. S Psalms 27:7; Psalms 28:2
  • 4. S 2 Chronicles 6:40; Psalms 64:1
  • 5. S Psalms 28:6; Psalms 31:22; Psalms 86:6; Psalms 140:6
  • 6. S 1 Samuel 6:20; S Ezra 9:15; Psalms 76:7; Psalms 143:2; Nahum 1:6; Revelation 6:17
  • 7. S Exodus 34:7; S 2 Samuel 24:14; S Jeremiah 31:34; Isaiah 55:7; Jeremiah 33:8
  • 8. S 1 Kings 8:40
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