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A Cry for Help

A Davidic psalm.

1 Lord, hear my prayer. In Your faithfulness listen to my plea, and in Your righteousness answer me.

References for Psalms 143:1

      2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment,a for no one alive is righteous in Your sight.b

      References for Psalms 143:2

          3 For the enemy has pursued me, crushing me to the ground, making me live in darkness like those long dead.c

          References for Psalms 143:3

              4 My spirit is weak within me; my heart is overcome with dismay.
              5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all You have done; I reflect on the work of Your hands.d

              References for Psalms 143:5

                • d 143:5 - Ps 77:12; 119:15; 145:5
                  6 I spread out my hands to You; I am like parched land before You. Selah
                  7 Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails.e Don't hide Your face from me, or I will be like those going down to the Pit.f

                  References for Psalms 143:7

                    • e 143:7 - Ps 69:17; 102:2
                    • f 143:7 - Ps 28:1; 30:3; Isa 38:18
                      8 Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning,g for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, because I long for You.

                      References for Psalms 143:8

                        • g 143:8 - Ps 59:16; 119:147-149
                          9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I come to You for protection.h

                          References for Psalms 143:9

                            • h 143:9 - One Hb ms, LXX; MT reads I cover myself to You
                              10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.i May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.j

                              References for Psalms 143:10

                                  11 Because of Your name, Yahweh, let me live. In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble,k

                                  References for Psalms 143:11

                                    • k 143:11 - Ps 23:3; 106:8; 109:21
                                      12 and in Your faithful love destroy my enemies. Wipe out all those who attack me,l for I am Your servant.

                                      References for Psalms 143:12

                                        • l 143:12 - Ps 54:5; 73:27; 101:8