King James Version

Psalm 143

1Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.