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The fifth book of Psalms, song 143, New English Translation and King James Version

Psalm 143

New English Translation


   A psalm of David.
   1 O LORD, hear my prayer! Pay attention to my plea for help! Because of your faithfulness and justice, answer me!
   2 Do not sit in judgment on your servant, for no one alive is innocent before you.
   3 Certainly my enemies chase me. They smash me into the ground. They force me to live in dark regions, like those who have been dead for ages.
   4 My strength leaves me; I am absolutely shocked.
   5 I recall the old days; I meditate on all you have done; I reflect on your accomplishments.
   6 I spread my hands out to you in prayer; my soul thirsts for you in a parched land.
   7 Answer me quickly, LORD! My strength is fading. Do not reject me, or I will join those descending into the grave.
   8 May I hear about your loyal love in the morning, for I trust in you. Show me the way I should go, because I long for you.
   9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD! I run to you for protection.
   10 Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God. May your kind presence lead me into a level land.
   11 O LORD, for the sake of your reputation, revive me! Because of your justice, rescue me from trouble!
   12 As a demonstration of your loyal love, destroy my enemies! Annihilate all who threaten my life, for I am your servant.

King James Version


   A Psalm of David.
   1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
   2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
   3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
   4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
   5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
   6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
   7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
   8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
   9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
   10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
   11 Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
   12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
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