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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 142

Introduction

1David shews that in his trouble all his comfort was in prayer unto God.

Verse 1

I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
A. M. 2942. B.C. 1062. (Title.) Maschil of David. or, A Psalm of David giving instruction
32:1; 54:1; 57:1; *titles; 1 Chronicles 4:10
A Prayer
David was twice in great peril in caves: on one occasion, in the cave of Adullam, when he fled from Achish king of Gath; and on another, in the cave of Engedi, where he had taken refuge from the pursuit of Saul. It is not certain to which of these events this Psalm refers; though probably to the former.
when he was
1 Samuel 22:1,2; 24:3; Hebrews 11:38
with my voice
28:2; 77:1,2; 141:1
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 11:16 - in the hold; 2 Chronicles 6:29 - know; Psalm 3:4 - I cried; Psalm 17:1 - General; Psalm 28:1 - Unto; Psalm 57:1 - when; Psalm 86:7 - General; Psalm 119:145 - cried; Psalm 142:7 - my soul; Jonah 2:2 - I cried; James 5:13 - any among

Verse 2

I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
poured out
42:4; 62:8; 102:1; *title; 1 Samuel 1:15,16; Isaiah 26:16; Romans 8:26
I shewed
18:4-6; Philippians 4:6,7; Hebrews 5:7
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 6:29 - know; 2 Chronicles 9:1 - communed; Job 16:20 - poureth; Job 21:4 - is my complaint; Psalm 42:5 - Why art thou cast down; Psalm 77:3 - spirit; Psalm 119:145 - cried; Lamentations 2:19 - pour; Hebrews 11:38 - wandered

Verse 3

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
my spirit
22:14; 61:2; 102:4; 143:4; Mark 14:33-36
then thou
1:6; 17:3; 139:2-4; Job 23:10
In the way
31:4; 35:7,8; 56:6; 140:5; 141:9; Jeremiah 18:22; Matthew 22:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 27:41 - then; Exodus 3:7 - 1know; 1 Samuel 1:15 - poured; 1 Kings 8:38 - the plague; Job 21:4 - is my complaint; Psalm 11:2 - that; Psalm 31:7 - known; Psalm 42:5 - Why art thou cast down; Psalm 57:6 - my soul; Psalm 77:3 - spirit; Psalm 86:7 - General; Psalm 102:1 - overwhelmed; Lamentations 3:55 - General; Hosea 13:5 - know; John 5:6 - and knew

Verse 4

I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
I looked, etc
or, Look on the right hand and see. but there was.
31:11; 69:20; 88:8,18; Job 19:13-19; Matthew 26:56; 2 Timothy 4:16
refuge
1 Samuel 23:11-13,19,20; 27:1
failed me
no man cared for my soul. Heb. perished from me; no man sought after my soul.
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:7 - greatly; Numbers 35:6 - six cities for refuge; 2 Samuel 22:3 - my refuge; Psalm 9:9 - The Lord; Psalm 13:2 - take; Psalm 22:11 - none to help; Psalm 61:4 - trust; Psalm 71:7 - thou art; Psalm 91:9 - Because; Psalm 94:17 - Unless; Psalm 107:12 - and there; Psalm 116:4 - O Lord; Psalm 119:86 - help; Ecclesiastes 4:1 - they had; Isaiah 51:18 - none; Jeremiah 30:13 - none; Ezekiel 34:6 - and none; Micah 7:7 - I will look; Luke 8:24 - Master; Luke 10:31 - he passed; Luke 15:16 - no; Luke 23:49 - acquaintance; John 5:7 - I have; 1 Peter 5:7 - for

Verse 5

I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
Thou art
46:1,7,11; 62:6,7; 91:2,9,10; John 16:32; 2 Timothy 4:17
my portion
16:5; 73:26; 119:57; Lamentations 3:24
in the land
27:13; 56:13
Reciprocal: Genesis 15:1 - and thy; Numbers 18:20 - I am thy part; Numbers 35:6 - six cities for refuge; Psalm 35:23 - my God; Psalm 61:4 - trust; Psalm 71:7 - thou art; Psalm 94:17 - Unless; Psalm 140:6 - I said unto; Psalm 143:9 - flee unto thee; Jeremiah 10:16 - portion; Jeremiah 11:19 - from; Ezekiel 32:23 - the land; Micah 7:7 - I will look; Luke 8:24 - Master; Luke 10:42 - good; Luke 18:1 - that; 1 Peter 5:7 - for

Verse 6

Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
for I am
44:24-26; 79:8; 116:6; 136:23; 143:3,7
for they
3:1; 38:19; 57:3,4; 59:3; 1 Samuel 24:14; Romans 8:33,37
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:11 - Deliver; Psalm 9:13 - consider; Psalm 17:1 - attend; Psalm 25:2 - let not; Psalm 31:15 - deliver; Psalm 35:17 - rescue; Psalm 40:2 - brought; Jeremiah 31:11 - stronger; Acts 12:7 - And his

Verse 7

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
my soul
142:1; *title:; 9:3,14; 31:8; 88:4-8; 143:11; 146:7; Isaiah 61:1; Acts 2:24
the righteous
7:6,7; 22:21-27; 34:2; 107:41,42; 119:74
thou shalt
13:6; 116:7; 119:17; James 5:11 Reciprocal: Psalm 35:17 - rescue; Psalm 35:27 - shout; Psalm 40:2 - brought; Psalm 40:3 - many; Psalm 67:3 - General; Psalm 119:63 - a companion; Psalm 119:79 - Let those; Acts 12:7 - And his; Romans 7:23 - and

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 142". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-142.html.