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Psalm 143

An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance

A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord,

Give ear to my supplications!

In Your faithfulness answer me,

And in Your righteousness.

2 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,

aFor in Your sight no one living is righteous.

3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;

He has crushed my life to the ground;

He has made me dwell in 1darkness,

Like those who have long been dead.

4 bTherefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;

My heart within me is distressed.

5 cI remember the days of old;

I meditate on all Your works;

I 2muse on the work of Your hands.

6 I spread out my hands to You;

dMy soul longs for You like a thirsty land.


7 Answer me speedily, O Lord;

My spirit fails!

Do not hide Your face from me,

eLest I 3be like those who 4go down into the pit.

8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness fin the morning,

For in You do I trust;

gCause me to know the way in which I should walk,

For hI lift up my soul to You.

9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;

5In You I take shelter.

10 iTeach me to do Your will,

For You are my God;

jYour Spirit is good.

Lead me in kthe land of uprightness.

11 lRevive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!

For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 In Your mercy mcut 6off my enemies,

And destroy all those who afflict my soul;

For I am Your servant.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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