Compare Translations for Psalm 143:3

Psalm 143:3 ASV
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; He hath smitten my life down to the ground: He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 BBE
The evil man has gone after my soul; my life is crushed down to the earth: he has put me in the dark, like those who have long been dead.
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Psalm 143:3 CEB
The enemy is chasing me, crushing my life in the dirt, forcing me to live in the dark like those who've been dead forever.
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Psalm 143:3 CJB
For an enemy is pursuing me; he has crushed my life into the ground and left me to live in darkness, like those who have been long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 RHE
(142-3) For the enemy hath persecuted my soul: he hath brought down my life to the earth. He hath made me to dwell in darkness as those that have been dead of old:
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Psalm 143:3 ESV
For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 GW
The enemy has pursued me. He has ground my life into the dirt. He has made me live in dark places like those who have died long ago.
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Psalm 143:3 GNT
My enemies have hunted me down and completely defeated me. They have put me in a dark prison, and I am like those who died long ago.
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Psalm 143:3 HNV
For the enemy pursues my soul. He has struck my life down to the ground. He has made me live in dark places, as those who have been long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 CSB
For the enemy has pursued me, crushing me to the ground, making me live in darkness like those long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 KJV
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 .
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Psalm 143:3 LEB
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.
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Psalm 143:3 NAS
For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.
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Psalm 143:3 NCV
My enemies are chasing me; they crushed me to the ground. They made me live in darkness like those long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 NIRV
My enemies chase me. They crush me down to the ground. They make me live in darkness like those who died long ago.
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Psalm 143:3 NIV
The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 NKJV
For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead.
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Psalm 143:3 NLT
My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground. He forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
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Psalm 143:3 NRS
For the enemy has pursued me, crushing my life to the ground, making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 RSV
For the enemy has pursued me; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 DBY
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.
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Psalm 143:3 MSG
The enemy hunted me down; he kicked me and stomped me within an inch of my life. He put me in a black hole, buried me like a corpse in that dungeon.
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Psalm 143:3 WBT
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.
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Psalm 143:3 TMB
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.
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Psalm 143:3 TNIV
The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 WEB
For the enemy pursues my soul. He has struck my life down to the ground. He has made me live in dark places, as those who have been long dead.
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Psalm 143:3 WYC
For the enemy pursued my soul; he made low my life in [the] earth. He hath set me in dark places, as the dead men of the world, (For the enemy hath pursued me; and he hath brought me down low to the ground. He hath put me in dark places, like the dead of the world,)
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Psalm 143:3 YLT
For an enemy hath pursued my soul, He hath bruised to the earth my life, He hath caused me to dwell in dark places, As the dead of old.
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Psalms 143 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 143

David complains of his enemies and distresses. (1-6) He prays for comfort, guidance, and deliverance. (7-12)

Verses 1-6 We have no righteousness of our own to plead, therefore must plead God's righteousness, and the word of promise which he has freely given us, and caused us to hope in. David, before he prays for the removal of his trouble, prays for the pardon of his sin, and depends upon mercy alone for it. He bemoans the weight upon his mind from outward troubles. But he looks back, and remembers God's former appearance for his afflicted people, and for him in particular. He looks round, and notices the works of God. The more we consider the power of God, the less we shall fear the face or force of man. He looks up with earnest desires towards God and his favour. This is the best course we can take, when our spirits are overwhelmed. The believer will not forget, that in his best actions he is a sinner. Meditation and prayer will recover us from distresses; and then the mourning soul strives to return to the Lord as the infant stretches out its hands to the indulgent mother, and thirsts for his consolations as the parched ground for refreshing rain.

Verses 7-12 David prays that God would be well pleased with him, and let him know that he was so. He pleads the wretchedness of his case, if God withdrew from him. But the night of distress and discouragement shall end in a morning of consolation and praise. He prays that he might be enlightened with the knowledge of God's will; and this is the first work of the Spirit. A good man does not ask the way in which is the most pleasant walking, but what is the right way. Not only show me what thy will is, but teach me how to do it. Those who have the Lord for their God, have his Spirit for their Guide; they are led by the Spirit. He prays that he might be enlivened to do God's will. But we should especially seek the destruction of our sins, our worst enemies, that we may be devotedly God's servants.

Psalms 143 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 143

Psalms 143:1-12 . In structure and style, like the preceding (Psalms 104-142), this Psalm is clearly evinced to be David's. It is a prayer for pardon, and for relief from enemies; afflictions, as usual, producing confession and penitence.

1. in thy faithfulness . . . and . . . righteousness--or, God's regard to the claims which He has permitted His people to make in His covenant.

2. enter . . . judgment--deal not in strict justice.
shall no . . . justified--or, "is no man justified," or "innocent" ( Job 14:3 , Romans 3:20 ).

3, 4. The exciting reason for his prayer--his afflictions--led to confession as just made: he now makes the complaint.
as those that have been long dead--deprived of life's comforts (compare Psalms 40:15 , 88:3-6 ).

5, 6. The distress is aggravated by the contrast of former comfort ( Psalms 22:3-5 ), for whose return he longs.
a thirsty land--which needs rain, as did his spirit God's gracious visits ( Psalms 28:1 , 89:17 ).

7. spirit faileth--is exhausted.

8. (Compare Psalms 25:1-4 , 59:16 ).
the way . . . walk--that is, the way of safety and righteousness ( Psalms 142:3-6 ).

9. (Compare Psalms 31:15-20 ).

10. (Compare Psalms 5:8 , 27:11 ).
land of uprightness--literally, "an even land" ( Psalms 26:12 ).

11. (Compare Psalms 23:3 , 119:156 ).

12. God's mercy to His people is often wrath to His and their enemies (compare Psalms 31:17 ).
thy servant--as chosen to be such, entitled to divine regard.