Quia persecutus est inimicus animam meam

Quia persecútus est inimícus ánimam meam,† contrívit in terra vitam meam,* collocávit me in obscúris sicut mórtuos a sæculo. For the enemy has overtaken my soul, he has crushed my life on the earth,* he has placed me in the darkness like those forever dead.

persecutus est is a deponent verb from persequor,persequi meaning to follow up, to overtake, to attack. Deponent verbs are passive in form, active in meaning.