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Chapter 13


1 For the leader. A psalm of David.


How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me?


How long must I carry sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy triumph over me?


Look upon me, answer me, LORD, my God! Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death,


Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed," lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.


I trust in your faithfulness. Grant my heart joy in your help, That I may sing of the LORD, "How good our God has been to me!"


1 [1] A lament in which the psalmist, seriously ill ( Psalm 13:4), expresses fear that enemies will interpret his or her death as a divine judgment. Hence the heartfelt prayer ( Psalm 13:2-3) is for healing that will signal to those enemies that the psalmist enjoys God's favor ( Psalm 13:4-5). The poem ends with a confession of trust in God and a statement of praise ( Psalm 13:6).

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