1 A contemplation by David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.I cry with my voice to the Lord.With my voice, I ask the Lord for mercy.

2 I pour out my complaint before him.I tell him my troubles.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,you knew my path.In the way in which I walk,they have hidden a snare for me.

4 Look on my right, and see;for there is no one who is concerned for me.Refuge has fled from me.No one cares for my soul.

5 I cried to you, Lord.I said, "You are my refuge,my portion in the land of the living."

6 Listen to my cry,for I am in desperate need.Deliver me from my persecutors,for they are stronger than me.

7 Bring my soul out of prison,that I may give thanks to your name.The righteous will surround me,for you will be good to me.