Psalms 142:1-2

A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

1 [a][b]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.

Psalms 142:1-2 Meaning and Commentary

Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave. Of the word "maschil," See Gill on "Ps 32:1," title. This psalm is called a prayer, as some others are, the ninetieth and hundred second psalms: and was composed by David when either in the cave of Adullam, 1 Samuel 22:1; or rather in the cave at Engedi, where he cut off Saul's skirt, 1 Samuel 24:3; as Jarchi and Kimchi think. The psalm represents the troubles of David, and of the Messiah his antitype, and is applicable to the church of God, or to any particular soul when in distress.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S 1 Kings 8:52; Psalms 3:4
  • 2. Psalms 30:8
  • 3. Psalms 64:1; Isaiah 26:16
  • 4. S Psalms 50:15

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 142:1-7 is numbered 142:2-8.
  • [b]. Title: Probably a literary or musical term
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