Psalm 142:5
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New International Version
I cry to you, LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."

New Living Translation
Then I pray to you, O LORD. I say, "You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.

English Standard Version
I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I cry to You, LORD; I say, "You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living."

International Standard Version
So I cry to you, Lord, declaring, "You are my refuge, my only possession while I am on this earth."

NET Bible
I cry out to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my shelter, my security in the land of the living."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I cried to you, Lord Jehovah, and I have said:” You are my hope and my portion in the land of life.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I call out to you, O LORD. I say, "You are my refuge, my own inheritance in this world of the living."

Jubilee Bible 2000
I cried unto thee, O LORD; I said, Thou art my hope and my portion in the land of the living.

King James 2000 Bible
I cried unto you, O LORD: I said, you are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

American King James Version
I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

American Standard Version
I cried unto thee, O Jehovah; I said, Thou art my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I cried to thee, O Lord: I said: Thou art my hope, 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.

English Revised Version
I cried unto thee, O LORD; I said, Thou art my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.

Webster's Bible Translation
I cried to thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and 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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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

142:1-7 David's comfort in prayer. - There can be no situation so distressing or dangerous, in which faith will not get comfort from God by prayer. We are apt to show our troubles too much to ourselves, poring upon them, which does us no service; whereas, by showing them to God, we might cast the cares upon him who careth for us, and thereby ease ourselves. Nor should we allow any complaint to ourselves or others, which we cannot make to God. When our spirits are overwhelmed by distress, and filled with discouragement; when we see snares laid for us on every side, while we walk in his way, we may reflect with comfort that the Lord knoweth our path. Those who in sincerity take the Lord for their God, find him all-sufficient, as a Refuge, and as a Portion: every thing else is a refuge of lies, and a portion of no value. In this situation David prayed earnestly to God. We may apply it spiritually; the souls of believers are often straitened by doubts and fears. And it is then their duty and interest to beg of God to set them at liberty, that they may run the way of his commandments. Thus the Lord delivered David from his powerful persecutors, and dealt bountifully with him. Thus he raised the crucified Redeemer to the throne of glory, and made him Head over all things for his church. Thus the convinced sinner cries for help, and is brought to praise the Lord in the company of his redeemed people; and thus all believers will at length be delivered from this evil world, from sin and death, and praise their Saviour for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my Refuge. When men's fathers and mothers forsake them, the Lord taketh them up (Psalm 27:10). David looked to God as a sure Refuge at all times (Psalm 9:9; Psalm 18:1, 2; Psalm 57:1; Psalm 59:9, 16, 17). And my Portion in the land of the living; or, "my inheritance" (comp. Psalm 16:5; Psalm 73:26).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I cried unto thee, O Lord,.... Finding no help from man, he turns to the Lord, and directs his prayer to him in his distress;

I said, thou art my refuge; as he was, from all his enemies that were in pursuit of him, and from the storm of calamities he apprehended was coming upon him: and a refuge the Lord is to all his people in time of trouble; and where they always meet with sustenance, protection, and safety; he being a strong habitation, a strong hold, a strong refuge, to which they may resort at all times; and such is Christ to all sensible sinners that flee unto him, Hebrews 6:18;

and my portion in the land of the living; and a most excellent one he is, a large, immense, and inconceivable portion; he and all his perfections, purposes, promises, and blessings, being included in it; a soul-satisfying one, and which will never be taken away nor consumed; it is a portion in the present life; it will last as long as life lasts, and continues unto death, and at death, and for evermore, Psalm 73:26.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. (Compare Ps 31:14; 62:7).

Psalm 142:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
I Ask the Lord for Mercy
4Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul. 5I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. 6"Give heed to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are too strong for me.…
Cross References
Psalm 14:6
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.

Psalm 16:5
LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.

Psalm 27:13
I remain confident of this: I will 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 of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Psalm 91:9
If you say, "The LORD is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling,

Ezekiel 32:24
"Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land of the living went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.
Treasury of Scripture

I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

thou art

Psalm 46:1,7,11 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

Psalm 62:6,7 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved…

Psalm 91:2,9,10 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; …

John 16:32 Behold, the hour comes, yes, is now come, that you shall be scattered, …

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

my portion

Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, …

Psalm 119:57 You are my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep your words.

Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, said my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

in the land

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 56:13 For you have delivered my soul from death: will not you deliver my …

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