Ps 142:1-7. Maschil—(See on Ps 32:1, title). When he was in the
cave—either of Adullam (1Sa 22:1), or En-gedi (1Sa 24:3). This does not mean that the Psalm was
composed in the cave, but that the precarious mode of life, of
which his refuge in caves was a striking illustration, occasioned the
complaint, which constitutes the first part of the Psalm and furnishes
the reason for the prayer with which it concludes, and which, as the
prominent characteristic, gives its name.
1. with my voice—audibly, because
2. (Compare Ps 62:8).
I poured out my complaint—or, "a sad
3. thou knewest … path—The appeal
is indicative of conscious innocence; knowest it to be right, and that
my affliction is owing to the snares of enemies, and is not deserved
(compare Ps 42:4; 61:2).
4. Utter desolation is meant.
right hand—the place of a protector
cared for—literally, "sought after,"
to do good.
5. (Compare Ps 31:14; 62:7).
6. (Compare Ps 17:1).
7. (Compare Ps 25:17).
that I may praise—literally, "for
praising," or, "that Thy name may be praised," that is, by the
righteous, who shall surround me with sympathizing joy (Ps 35:27).