Psalms 143

A Cry for Help

1A Davidic psalm.

Lord, hear my prayer.
In Your faithfulness listen to my plea,
and in Your righteousness answer me. a
2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment, b
for no one alive is righteous in Your sight. c

3 For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing me to the ground,
making me live in darkness
like those long dead. d
4 My spirit is weak within me;
my heart is overcome with dismay. e

5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all You have done;
I reflect on the work of Your hands. f
6 I spread out my hands to You;
I am like parched land before You. g ,
Selah: A Hebrew word whose meaning is uncertain; various interpretations include: (1) a musical notation, (2) a pause for silence, (3) a signal for worshipers to fall prostrate on the ground, (4) a term for the worshipers to call out, and (5) a word meaning "forever"


7 Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails. i
Don’t hide Your face from me,
or I will be like those
going down to the
Pit: Either the grave or the realm of the dead
Pit. k
8 Let me experience
Your faithful love in the morning,
for I trust in You. l
Reveal to me the way I should go
because I long for You. m
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I come to You for protection.
One Hb ms, LXX; some Hb mss read I cover myself to You
10 Teach me to do Your will,
for You are my God. p
May Your gracious Spirit
lead me on level ground. q

11 Because of Your name,
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
let me live.
In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble, s
12 and in Your faithful love destroy my enemies.
Wipe out all those who attack me,
for I am Your servant. t
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