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Psalms 142:5-7

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

I say, “You are my shelter,

my security 1  in the land of the living.”

142:6 Listen to my cry for help,

for I am in serious trouble! 2 

Rescue me from those who chase me,

for they are stronger than I am.

142:7 Free me 3  from prison,

that I may give thanks to your name.

Because of me the godly will assemble, 4 

for you will vindicate me. 5 

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

2 tn Heb “for I am very low.”

3 tn Heb “bring out my life.”

4 tn Or “gather around.”

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



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