The Psalms

Psalm 142

David shows that in his trouble all his comfort was in prayer to God, 1-7.

1 [Maschil of David: a prayer when he was in the cave.] I cried to the LORD with my voice. With my voice to the LORD I made my supplication.

2 I poured out my complaint before him. I uttered before him my trouble.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, you knew my path. In the way in which I walked they have secretly laid a snare for me.

4 I looked on my right hand and beheld, but there was no man who would know me. Refuge failed me. No man cared for my soul.

5 I cried to you, O LORD. I said, "You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living."

6 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low. Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I am.

7 Bring my soul out of prison so that I may praise your name. The righteous shall encompass me, for you will deal bountifully with me.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 142