Psalm 142:5
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New American Standard Bible
I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

King James Bible
I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

Darby Bible Translation
I cried unto thee, Jehovah; I said, Thou art my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.

World English Bible
I cried to you, Yahweh. I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."

Young's Literal Translation
I have cried unto thee, O Jehovah, I have said, 'Thou art my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.'

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

I cried unto thee, O Lord - When there was no help; when I saw myself encompassed with dangers; when I looked on every hand and there was no "man" that would undertake for me.

I said, Thou art my refuge -

(a) My "only" refuge. I can go nowhere else.

(b) Thou art "in fact" my refuge. I can and do put my trust in thee. See the notes at Psalm 46:1.

And my portion - See the notes at Psalm 16:5.

In the land of the living - Among all those that live - all living beings. There is no one else among the living to whom I can come but to thee, the living God. My hope is not in human beings, for they are against me; not in angels, for they have not the power to rescue me. It is God only, the living God, whom I make my confidence and the ground of my hope.

Psalm 142:5 Parallel Commentaries

The Ceaselessness of Prayer
The Ceaselessness of Prayer Prayer as Christian freedom, and prayer as Christian life--these are two points I would now expand. I. First, as to the moral freedom involved and achieved in prayer. Prayer has been described as religion in action. But that as it stands is not a sufficient definition of the prayer which lives on the Cross. The same thing might be said about the choicest forms of Christian service to humanity. It is true enough, and it may carry us far; but only if we become somewhat
P. T. Forsyth—The Soul of Prayer

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 14:6
You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the LORD is his refuge.

Psalm 16:5
The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.

Psalm 27:13
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 91:2
I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"

Psalm 91:9
For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

Ezekiel 32:24
"Elam is there and all her hordes around her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, who instilled their terror in the land of the living and bore their disgrace with those who went down to the pit.

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