1 {A Psalm of David.} Jehovah, hear my prayer; give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy sight no man living shall be justified.
3 For the enemy persecuteth my soul: he hath crushed my life down to the earth; he hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.
4 And my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
5 I remember the days of old: I meditate on all thy doing; I muse on the work of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul, as a parched land, [thirsteth] after thee. Selah.
7 Answer me speedily, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, or I shall be like unto them that go down into the pit.
8 Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning, for in thee do I confide; make me to know the way wherein I should walk, for unto thee do I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me, O Jehovah, from mine enemies: unto thee do I flee for refuge.

References for Psalms 143:9

    • a 143:9 - As 'covered,' Isa. 51.16.
      10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: let thy good Spirit lead me in a plain country.

      References for Psalms 143:10

        • b 143:10 - As Ps. 40.8; 103.21.
        • c 143:10 - Or 'thy Spirit is good. Lead me.'
        • d 143:10 - Or 'land of uprightness.'
          11 Revive me, O Jehovah, for thy name's sake; in thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble;

          References for Psalms 143:11

            • e 143:11 - Or 'Keep me alive,' as Ps. 119.25.
              12 And in thy loving-kindness cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that oppress my soul: for I am thy servant.