Psalm 13

1    How long will you forget me, O Lord; for ever?  

How long will you hide your face from me?

2    How long shall I have anguish in my soul

    and grief in my heart, day after day?  

How long shall my enemy triumph over me?

3    Look upon me and answer, O Lord my God;  

lighten my eyes, lest I sleep in death;

4    Lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed against him,’  

and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.

5    But I put my trust in your steadfast love;  

my heart will rejoice in your salvation.

6    I will sing to the Lord,  

for he has dealt so bountifully with me.


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