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Psalm 143

Prayer for Help and Guidance.

A Psalm of David.

1Hear my prayer, O Lord,
Listen to my supplications!
Answer me in Your faithfulness, and in Your righteousness.

And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no man living is righteous or justified.

For the enemy has persecuted me,
He has crushed my life down to the ground;
He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have been long dead.

Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness];
My heart grows numb within me.


I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that You have done;
I ponder the work of Your hands.

I reach out my hands to You;
My throat thirsts for You, as a parched land [thirsts for water]. Selah.


Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails;
Do not hide Your face from me,
Or I will become like those who go down into the pit (grave).

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For I trust in You.
Teach me the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.

Rescue me, O Lord, from my enemies;
I take refuge in You.

10 
Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You],
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11 
Save my life, O Lord, for Your name’s sake;
In Your righteousness bring my life out of trouble.
12 
In your lovingkindness, silence and destroy my enemies
And destroy all those who afflict my life,
For I am Your servant.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 143

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer.
    Listen to my cry for mercy.
You are faithful and right.
    Come and help me.
Don’t take me to court and judge me,
    because in your eyes no living person does what is right.

My enemies chase me.
    They crush me down to the ground.
They make me live in the darkness
    like those who died long ago.
So I grow weak.
    Deep down inside me, I’m afraid.

I remember what happened long ago.
    I spend time thinking about all your acts.
    I consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you in prayer.
    I’m thirsty for you, just as dry ground is thirsty for rain.

Lord, answer me quickly.
    I’m growing weak.
Don’t turn your face away from me,
    or I will be like those who go down into the grave.
In the morning let me hear about your faithful love,
    because I’ve put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should live,
    because I trust you with my life.
Lord, save me from my enemies,
    because I go to you for safety.
10 Teach me to do what you want,
    because you are my God.
May your good Spirit
    lead me on a level path.

11 Lord, bring yourself honor by keeping me alive.
    Because you do what is right, get me out of trouble.
12 Because your love is faithful, put an end to my enemies.
    Destroy all of them, because I serve you.