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Psalm 143

A Psalm of David.

143 1Hear my prayer, O Jehovah; give ear to my supplications:

In thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

2And enter not into judgment with thy servant;

For in thy sight no man living is righteous.

3For the enemy hath persecuted my soul;

He hath smitten my life down to the ground:

He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.

4Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me;

My heart within me is desolate.

5I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all thy doings;

I muse on the work of thy hands.

6I spread forth my hands unto thee:

My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land.


7Make haste to answer me, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth:

Hide not thy face from me,

Lest I become like them that go down into the pit.

8Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;

For in thee do I trust:

Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;

For I lift up my soul unto thee.

9Deliver me, O Jehovah, from mine enemies:

I flee unto thee to hide me.

10Teach me to do thy will;

For thou art my God:

Thy Spirit is good;

Lead me in the land of uprightness.

11Quicken me, O Jehovah, for thy name's sake:

In thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

12And in thy lovingkindness cut off mine enemies,

And destroy all them that afflict my soul;

For I am thy servant.

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