Psalm 130:1
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New International Version
A song of ascents. Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;

New Living Translation
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help.

English Standard Version
A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!

New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD.

King James Bible
A Song of degrees. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call to You, Yahweh!

International Standard Version
I cry to you from the depths, LORD,

NET Bible
A song of ascents. From the deep water I cry out to you, O LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From the deep I called you, Lord Jehovah!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song for going up to worship.] O LORD, out of the depths I call to you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Out of the depths I cry unto thee, O LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O LORD.

American King James Version
Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD.

American Standard Version
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord:

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees.} Out of the depths do I call upon thee, Jehovah.

English Revised Version
A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Song of degrees. Out of the depths have I cried to thee, O LORD.

World English Bible
Out of the depths I have cried to you, Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents. From depths I have called Thee, Jehovah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

130:1-4 The only way of relief for a sin-entangled soul, is by applying to God alone. Many things present themselves as diversions, many things offer themselves as remedies, but the soul finds that the Lord alone can heal. And until men are sensible of the guilt of sin, and quit all to come at once to God, it is in vain for them to expect any relief. The Holy Ghost gives to such poor souls a fresh sense of their deep necessity, to stir them up in earnest applications, by the prayer of faith, by crying to God. And as they love their souls, as they are concerned for the glory of the Lord, they are not to be wanting in this duty. Why is it that these matters are so long uncertain with them? Is it not from sloth and despondency that they content themselves with common and customary applications to God? Then let us up and be doing; it must be done, and it is attended with safety. We are to humble ourselves before God, as guilty in his sight. Let us acknowledge our sinfulness; we cannot justify ourselves, or plead not guilty. It is our unspeakable comfort that there is forgiveness with him, for that is what we need. Jesus Christ is the great Ransom; he is ever an Advocate for us, and through him we hope to obtain forgiveness. There is forgiveness with thee, not that thou mayest be presumed upon, but that thou mayest be feared. The fear of God often is put for the whole worship of God. The only motive and encouragement for sinners is this, that there is forgiveness with the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord (comp. Psalm 69:2, 14; Isaiah 51:10; Ezekiel 27:34). "The depths" are the lowest abysses of calamity. They have not, however, separated Israel from God, but have rather brought him to God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Out of deep waters, out of the depths of the sea; not literally, as Jonah, who really was there, and from thence cried unto the Lord, Jonah 2:2; but figuratively; meaning that he had been in the depths of sin, or brought into a low estate by it, as all men are: they are brought into debt by it, and so to a prison, the prison of the law, to be under its sentence of curse and condemnation; to a ditch, a horrible pit, a pit wherein is no water, and out of which men cannot extricate themselves; to a dunghill, to the most extrem poverty and beggary; to a dungeon, a state of thraldom, bondage, and captivity; into an hopeless and helpless condition. The depths the psalmist was now in were a deep sense of sin, under which he lay, and which brought him low; as every man is low in his own eyes, when he has a thorough sense of sin; then he sees himself unworthy of any favour from God, deserving of his wrath and displeasure; as a polluted guilty creature, loathsome and abominable; as wretched and undone in himself; as the chief of sinners, more brutish than any man, and as a beast before the Lord: but then, though the psalmist was in the depths of distress for sin, yet not in the depths of despair; he cried to God, he hoped in him, and believed there was pardon with him: or he might be in the depths of afflictions; which are sometimes, because of the greatness of them, compared to deep waters; to the deep waters of the sea, which threaten to overflow and overwhelm, but shall not; see Psalm 42:7; and in such circumstances the psalmist cried to God for help and deliverance; not to man, whose help is vain; but to God, who is able to save, and is a present help in time of need. Theodoret understands this of the psalmist's crying to God from the bottom of his heart, in the sincerity of his soul; and so his cry is opposed to feigned and hypocritical prayers.

The Treasury of David

1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

2 Lord, hear my voice, let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do Ihope.

6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

7 Let Israel hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 130:1

"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord." This is the Psalmist's statement and plea: he had never ceased to pray even when brought into the lowest state. The depths usually silence all they engulf, but they could not close the mouth of this servant of the Lord; on the contrary, it was in the abyss itself that he cried unto Jehovah. Beneath the floods prayer lived and struggled; yea, above the roar of the billows rose the cry of faith. It little matters where we are if we can pray; but prayer is never more real and acceptable than when it rises out of the worst places. Deep places beget deep devotion. Depths of earnestness are stirred by depths of tribulation. Diamonds sparkle most amid the darkness. Prayer de profundis gives to God gloria in excelsis. The more distressed we are, the more excellent is the faith which trusts bravely in the Lord, and therefore appeals to him, and to him alone. Good men may be in the depths of temporal and spiritual trouble; but good men in such cases look only to their God, and they stir themselves up to be more instant and earnest in prayer than at other times. The depth of their distress moves the depths of their being; and from the bottom of their hearts an exceeding great and bitter cry rises unto the one living and true God. David had often been in the deep, and as often had he pleaded with Jehovah, his God, in whose hand are all deep places. He prayed, and remembered that he had prayed, and pleaded that he had prayed; hoping ere long to receive an answer. It would be dreadful to look back on trouble and feel forced to own that we did not cry unto the Lord in it; but it is most comforting to know that whatever we did not do, or could not do, yet we did pray, even in our worst times. He that prays in the depth will not sink out of his depth. He that cries out of the depths shall soon sing in the heights.

Psalm 130:2

"Lord, hear my voice." It is all we ask; but nothing less will content us. If the Lord will but hear us we will leave it to his superior wisdom to decide whether he will answer us or no. It is better for our prayer to be heard than answered. If the Lord were to make an absolute promise to answer all our requests it might be rather a curse than a blessing, for it would be casting the responsibility of our lives upon ourselves, and we should be placed in a very anxious position: but now the Lord hears our desires, and that is enough; we only wish him to grant them If his infinite wisdom sees that it would be for our good and for his glory. Note that the Psalmist spoke audibly in prayer: this is not at all needful, but it is exceedingly helpful; for the use of the voice assists the thoughts. Still, there is a voice in silent supplication, a voice in our weeping, a voice in that sorrow which cannot find a tongue: that voice the Lord will hear if its cry is meant for his ear. "Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication." The Psalmist's cry is a beggar's petition; he begs the great King and Lord to lend an ear to it, he has supplicated many times, but always with one voice, or for one purpose; and he begs to be noticed in the one matter which he has pressed with so much importunity. He would have the King hearken, consider, remember, and weigh his request. He is confused and his prayer may therefore be broken, and difficult to understand; he begs therefore that his Lord will give the more earnest and compassionate heed to the voice of his many and painful pleadings. When we have already prayed over our troubles it is well to pray over our prayers. If we can find no more words, let us entreat the Lord to hear those petitions which we have already presented. If we have faithfully obeyed the precept by praying without ceasing, we may be confident that the Lord will faithfully fulfil the promise by helping us without fail. Though the Psalmist was under a painful sense of sin, and so was in the depth, his faith pleaded in the teeth of conscious unworthiness; for well he knew that the Lord's keeping his promise depends upon his own character and not upon that of his erring creatures.

Psalm 130:3

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

PSALM 130

Ps 130:1-8. The penitent sinner's hope is in God's mercy only.

1, 2. depths—for great distress (Ps 40:2; 69:3).

Psalm 130:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Out of the Depths I Cried to You
1A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD. 2Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 33:12
In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors.

Psalm 42:7
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

Psalm 69:2
I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.

Lamentations 3:55
I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit.

Jonah 2:1
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.

Jonah 3:8
But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
Treasury of Scripture

Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD.

A.M. cir

Psalm 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 123:1 To you lift I up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens.

Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot …

Psalm 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: …

Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways.

Psalm 129:1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

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Psalm 25:16-18 Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted…

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, …

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterspouts: all your waves …

Psalm 60:1,2 O God, you have cast us off, you have scattered us, you have been …

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Psalm 88:6,7 You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps…

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Lamentations 3:53-55 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone on me…

Jonah 2:2-4 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he …

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

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