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.