Psalm 142

1    I cry aloud to the Lord;  

to the Lord I make my supplication.

2    I pour out my complaint before him  

and tell him of my trouble.

3    When my spirit faints within me, you know my path;  

in the way wherein I walk have they laid a snare for me.

4    I look to my right hand, and find no one who knows me;  

I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for my soul.

5    I cry out to you, O Lord, and say:  

‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.

6    ‘Listen to my cry, for I am brought very low;  

save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

7    ‘Bring my soul out of prison,

    that I may give thanks to your name;  

when you have dealt bountifully with me,

    then shall the righteous gather around me.’


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