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Psalms 13:1-4

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Psalm 13 1 

For the music director; a psalm of David.

13:1 How long, Lord, will you continue to ignore me? 2 

How long will you pay no attention to me? 3 

13:2 How long must I worry, 4 

and suffer in broad daylight? 5 

How long will my enemy gloat over me? 6 

13:3 Look at me! 7  Answer me, O Lord my God!

Revive me, 8  or else I will die! 9 

13:4 Then 10  my enemy will say, “I have defeated him!”

Then 11  my foes will rejoice because I am upended.

1 sn Psalm 13. The psalmist, who is close to death, desperately pleads for God’s deliverance and affirms his trust in God’s faithfulness.

2 tn Heb “will you forget me continually.”

3 tn Heb “will you hide your face from me.”

4 tn Heb “How long will I put counsel in my being?”

5 tn Heb “[with] grief in my heart by day.”

6 tn Heb “be exalted over me.” Perhaps one could translate, “How long will my enemy defeat me?”

7 tn Heb “see.”

8 tn Heb “Give light [to] my eyes.” The Hiphil of אוּר (’ur), when used elsewhere with “eyes” as object, refers to the law of God giving moral enlightenment (Ps 19:8), to God the creator giving literal eyesight to all people (Prov 29:13), and to God giving encouragement to his people (Ezra 9:8). Here the psalmist pictures himself as being on the verge of death. His eyes are falling shut and, if God does not intervene soon, he will “fall asleep” for good.

9 tn Heb “or else I will sleep [in?] the death.” Perhaps the statement is elliptical, “I will sleep [the sleep] of death,” or “I will sleep [with the sleepers in] death.”

10 tn Heb “or else.”

11 tn Heb “or else.”



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