Old Testament

Psalm 142
Psalm 142
When My Spirit Grows Faint
A maskil[] by David. When he was in the cave.[] A prayer.
A Prayer for the Weary
1With my voice I cry out to the Lord.
With my voice I call to the Lord for mercy.
2I pour out my complaint before him.
I tell my distress before him.
3When my spirit grows faint within me,
you are the one who knows my course.
On the path where I walk they have hidden a snare for me.
4Look to my right and see.
There is no one who recognizes me.
There is no escape for me.
No one cares about my life.
5I cry out to you, Lord.
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6Pay attention to my loud cry,
because I am very weak.
Rescue me from those who pursue me,
because they are too strong for me.
7Set me free from my prison,
so I can give thanks to your name.
Then the righteous will gather around me,
because you have accomplished your purpose for me.


  • 142:0 A maskil is a type of hymn. It means a song that makes one wise or a skillful song.
  • 142:0 The cave at Adullam in 1 Samuel 22 or the cave at En Gedi in 1 Samuel 24