|[A Psalm of David.]||A Prayer for Help. Psalm 143(v142)|
|Hear my prayer, O LORD; |
give ear to my supplications!
In thy faithfulness
answer me, in thy righteousness!
|Enter not into judgment with thy servant; |
for no man living is righteous before thee.
|For the enemy has pursued me; |
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
|Therefore my spirit faints within me; |
my heart within me is appalled.
|I remember the days of old, |
I meditate on all that thou hast done;
I muse on what thy hands have wrought.
|I stretch out my hands to thee; |
my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land. [Selah]
|Make haste to answer me, O LORD! My spirit fails! |
Hide not thy face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
|Let me hear in the morning of thy steadfast love, |
for in thee I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to thee I lift up my soul.
|Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies! |
I have fled to thee for refuge!
|Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God! |
Let thy good spirit lead me on a level path!
|For thy name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life! |
In thy righteousness bring me out of trouble!
|And in thy steadfast love cut off my enemies, |
and destroy all my adversaries, for I am thy servant.
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