Psalms 143

Psalm 1431

A psalm of David.

143:1 O Lord, hear my prayer!

Pay attention to my plea for help!

Because of your faithfulness and justice, answer me!

143:2 Do not sit in judgment on2 your servant,

for no one alive is innocent before you.3

143:3 Certainly4 my enemies5 chase me.

They smash me into the ground.6

They force me to live7 in dark regions,8

like those who have been dead for ages.

143:4 My strength leaves me;9

I am absolutely shocked.10

143:5 I recall the old days;11

I meditate on all you have done;

I reflect on your accomplishments.12

143:6 I spread my hands out to you in prayer;13

my soul thirsts for you in a parched14 land.15

143:7 Answer me quickly, Lord!

My strength is fading.16

Do not reject me,17

or I will join18 those descending into the grave.19

143:8 May I hear about your loyal love in the morning,20

for I trust in you.

Show me the way I should go,21

because I long for you.22

143:9 Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord!

I run to you for protection.23

143:10 Teach me to do what pleases you,24

for you are my God.

May your kind presence25

lead me26 into a level land.27

143:11 O Lord, for the sake of your reputation,28 revive me!29

Because of your justice, rescue me from trouble!30

143:12 As a demonstration of your loyal love,31 destroy my enemies!

Annihilate32 all who threaten my life,33

for I am your servant.

Next Chapter