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Psalms 142:3-7


142:3 Even when my strength leaves me, 1 

you watch my footsteps. 2 

In the path where I walk

they have hidden a trap for me.

142:4 Look to the right and see!

No one cares about me. 3 

I have nowhere to run; 4 

no one is concerned about my life. 5 

142:5 I cry out to you, O Lord;

I say, “You are my shelter,

my security 6  in the land of the living.”

142:6 Listen to my cry for help,

for I am in serious trouble! 7 

Rescue me from those who chase me,

for they are stronger than I am.

142:7 Free me 8  from prison,

that I may give thanks to your name.

Because of me the godly will assemble, 9 

for you will vindicate me. 10 

1 tn Heb “my spirit grows faint.”

2 tn Heb “you know my path.”

3 tn Heb “there is no one who recognizes me.”

4 tn Heb “ a place of refuge perishes from me.”

5 tn Heb “there is no one who seeks for the sake of my life.”

6 tn Heb “my portion.” The psalmist compares the Lord to landed property, which was foundational to economic stability in ancient Israel.

7 tn Heb “for I am very low.”

8 tn Heb “bring out my life.”

9 tn Or “gather around.”

10 tn The Hebrew idiom גָּמַל עַל (gamalal) means “to repay,” here in a positive sense.

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