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Psalm 130[a]

Prayer for Pardon and Mercy

A song of ascents.

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Out of the depths[b] I call to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my cry!
May your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 130 This lament, a Penitential Psalm, is the De profundis used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed. In deep sorrow the psalmist cries to God (Ps 130:1–2), asking for mercy (Ps 130:3–4). The psalmist’s trust (Ps 130:5–6) becomes a model for the people (Ps 130:7–8).
  2. 130:1 The depths: Sheol here is a metaphor of total misery. Deep anguish makes the psalmist feel “like those descending to the pit” (Ps 143:7).
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