Psalm 143

A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications:
In thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant:
For in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; He hath smitten my life down to the ground;
He hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is desolate.
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works;
I muse on the work of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee:
My soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.

7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth:
Hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
8 Cause 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.
9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies:
I flee unto thee to hide me.
10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God:
Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
11 Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake:
For thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies,
And destroy all them that afflict my soul: For I am thy servant.

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