Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.
1 I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.* Maschil…: or, A Psalm of David, giving instruction
2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.† I looked…: or, Look on the right hand, and see‡ failed…: Heb. perished from me§ cared…: Heb. sought after
5 I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
*142.1 Maschil…: or, A Psalm of David, giving instruction
†142.4 I looked…: or, Look on the right hand, and see
‡142.4 failed…: Heb. perished from me
§142.4 cared…: Heb. sought after