Psalm 143 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for your favor. You are faithful and right. Come and help me. 1 O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
2 Don't take me to court and judge me, because in your eyes no living person does what is right. 2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
3 My enemies chase me. They crush me down to the ground. They make me live in darkness like those who died long ago. 3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
4 So I grow weak. Deep down inside me, I'm afraid. 4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember what happened long ago. I spend time thinking about all of your acts. I consider what your hands have done. 5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you in prayer. I'm thirsty for you, just as dry ground is thirsty for rain. "Selah" 6 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. "Selah"
7 Lord, answer me quickly. I'm growing weak. Don't turn your face away from me, or I will be like those who go down into the grave. 7 Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 In the morning let me hear about your faithful love, because I've put my trust in you. Show me the way I should live, because I pray to you. 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Lord, save me from my enemies, because I go to you for safety. 9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do what you want, because you are my God. May your good Spirit lead me on a level path. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11 Lord, be true to your name. Keep me alive. Because you do what is right, get me out of trouble. 11 For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 Because your love is faithful, put an end to my enemies. Destroy all of them, because I serve you. 12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.