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Psalm 13

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.


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

How long will you hide your face from 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?