December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 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!"
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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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