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Psalms of Lament


Psalms of Individual Lament

Psalm 13

1  How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
2  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3  Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4  and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5  But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6  I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.


Psalm 25:1-2;16-21

1  In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
2  I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
16  Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17  Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.
18  Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
19  See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me!
20  Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21  May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

Psalm 31:1-5;9-16

1  In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
2  Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
3  Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4  Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
5  Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
9  Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.
10  My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
11  Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends— those who see me on the street flee from me.
12  I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.
13  For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me and plot to take my life.
14  But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.
16  Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Psalm 86:1-4;14-17

1  Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2  Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;
3  have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.
4  Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.
14  Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me— they have no regard for you.
15  But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16  Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.
17  Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Communal Lament Psalms

Psalm 12

1  Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2  Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.
3  May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—
4  those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”
5  “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
6  And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.
7  You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8  who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.

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