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
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
with my voice
I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
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.
In the way
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.
no man cared for my soul. Heb. perished from me; no man sought after my soul.
I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
in the land
Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
for I am
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.