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Psalm 142

A David Prayer—When He Was in the Cave

1-2I cry out loudly to God, loudly I plead with God for mercy.

I spill out all my complaints before him,

and spell out my troubles in detail:

3-7"As I sink in despair, my spirit ebbing away,

you know how I'm feeling,

Know the danger I'm in,

the traps hidden in my path.

Look right, look left—

there's not a soul who cares what happens!

I'm up against it, with no exit—

bereft, left alone.

I cry out, God, call out:

'You're my last chance, my only hope for life!'

Oh listen, please listen;

I've never been this low.

Rescue me from those who are hunting me down;

I'm no match for them.

Get me out of this dungeon

so I can thank you in public.

Your people will form a circle around me

and you'll bring me showers of blessing!"