A psalm of David.

A Prayer for Rescue from Enemies

1 O Yahweh, hear my prayer; listen to my supplications. In your faithfulness answer me, [and] in your righteousness.

References for Psalms 143:1

    • a 143:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      2 And do not enter into judgment with your servant, because no one alive [is] righteous before you.
      3 For [the] enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground. He has made me dwell in dark places like [those] long dead.
      4 And [so] my spirit grows faint within me; my heart {within} me is desolate.

      References for Psalms 143:4

        • b 143:4 - Literally "in the midst of"
          5 I remember [the] days of long ago; I meditate on all your doings. I muse on the labor of your hands.

          References for Psalms 143:5

            • c 143:5 - Hebrew "doing"
              6 I stretch out my hands to you; my soul [longs] for you like a dry land. Selah
              7 Quickly answer me, O Yahweh; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, or I will become like [those] descending to [the] pit.
              8 Cause me to hear your loyal love in the morning, for I trust you. Cause me to know the way that I should go, for I lift up my soul to you.
              9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Yahweh. I take refuge in you.

              References for Psalms 143:9

                • d 143:9 - This reading for the difficult Hebrew "I cover to you" is suggested by the LXX
                  10 Teach me to do your will, for you [are] my God; your Spirit [is] good. Lead me onto level ground.
                  11 For your name's sake, O Yahweh, preserve my life; in your righteousness bring me out of trouble.

                  References for Psalms 143:11

                      12 And in your loyal love destroy my enemies, and exterminate all [the] adversaries of my soul, for I [am] your servant.