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Psalm 13

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.

1

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

2

How long must I bear pain in my soul,

and have sorrow in my heart all day long?

How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

 

3

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!

Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,

4

and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;

my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

 

5

But I trusted in your steadfast love;

my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

6

I will sing to the Lord,

because he has dealt bountifully with me.


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Ps 13:1-6. On title, see Introduction. The Psalmist, mourning God's absence and the triumph of his enemies, prays for relief before he is totally destroyed, and is encouraged to hope his trust will not be in vain.

1. The forms of expression and figure here used are frequent (compare Ps 9:12, 18; 10:11, 12).

How long … for ever—Shall it be for ever?

2. The counsels or devices of his heart afford no relief.

3. lighten mine eyes—dim with weakness, denoting approaching death (compare 1Sa 14:27-29; Ps 6:7; 38:10).

4. rejoice—literally, "shout as in triumph."

I am moved—cast down from a firm position (Ps 10:6).

5, 6. Trust is followed by rejoicing in the deliverance which God effects, and, instead of his enemy, he can lift the song of triumph.




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