1 Maschil of David, when he was in the cave; a Prayer. I cry with my voice to Yahweh; With my voice to Yahweh I plead for mercy.
2 I pour out my complaint before him; I show before him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed inside me, You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look at [my] right hand, and see; For there is no man who knows me: Refuge has failed me; No man cares for my soul.
5 I cried to you, O Yahweh; I said, You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
6 Attend to my cry; For I am brought very low: Deliver me from my persecutors; For they are stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, That I may give thanks to your name: The righteous will circle me about; For you will deal bountifully with me.