THE *BOOK OF
Psalm 143 ©
David, being grievously persecuted and being alarmed by his enemies, prays most fervently for speedy deliverance, and for instruction in the ways of the Lord, and for the destruction of his enemies.
A1 Psalm of David.
HEAR my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness 2answer me, and 3in thy righteousness.
And 4enter not into judgment with thy servant: fora in thy sight shall no man living 5be justified.
6For the 7enemy hath persecuted 8my soul; 9he hath smitten 10my life down to the ground; 11he hath made me to dwell in darkness, 12as those that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit 13overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is 14desolate.
Ib15remember the days of old; I meditate on all 16thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
17I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, 18as a thirsty land. Selah.
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: 19hide not thy face from me, lest I be like 20unto them that go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear 21thy lovingkindness 22in the morning; for in thee do I trust: 23cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; forc I lift up 24my soul 25unto thee.
Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee 26unto thee to hide me.
Teach me to do 27thy will; for 28thou art my God: 29thy spirit is good; lead me 30into the land of uprightness.
31Quicken 32me, O LORD, 33for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring 34my soul out of trouble.
And of thy mercy 35cut off mine enemies, and 36destroy all them that afflict my soul: 37ford I am thy servant.