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Psalm 143 Darby Translation (DARBY)

A Psalm of David.

143 Jehovah, hear my prayer; give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness.

And enter not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy sight no man living shall be justified.

For the enemy persecuteth my soul: he hath crushed my life down to the earth; he hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.

And my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

I remember the days of old: I meditate on all thy doing; I muse on the work of thy hands.

I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul, as a parched land, [thirsteth] after thee. Selah.

Answer me speedily, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, or I shall be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning, for in thee do I confide; make me to know the way wherein I should walk, for unto thee do I lift up my soul.

Deliver me, O Jehovah, from mine enemies: unto thee do I flee for refuge.

10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: let thy good Spirit lead me in a plain country.

11 Revive me, O Jehovah, for thy name's sake; in thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble;

12 And in thy loving-kindness cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that oppress my soul: for I am thy servant.

Psalm 143 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 143:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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