Psalms 143

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my prayer, O  Lord;
agive ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your bfaithfulness answer me, in your crighteousness!
2 dEnter not into judgment with your servant,
for no one living is righteous ebefore you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul;
fhe has crushed my life to the ground;
ghe has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4Therefore my spirit hfaints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.
5 iI remember the days of old;
jI meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
6 kI stretch out my hands to you;
lmy soul thirsts for you like ma parched land.  Selah
7 nAnswer me quickly, O  Lord!
oMy spirit fails!
pHide not your face from me,
qlest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 rLet me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I strust.
tMake me know the way I should go,
ufor to you I lift up my soul.
9 vDeliver me from my enemies, O  Lord!
I have fled to you for refuge.
One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts To you I have covered

10 xTeach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
yLet your good Spirit zlead me
on aalevel ground!
11 abFor your name’s sake, O  Lord, acpreserve my life!
In your righteousness adbring my soul out of trouble!
12And in your steadfast love you will aecut off my enemies,
and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am your afservant.
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