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Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,i

listen to my cry for mercy;j

in your faithfulnessk and righteousnessl

come to my relief.

Do not bring your servant into judgment,

for no one living is righteousm before you.

The enemy pursues me,

he crushes me to the ground;

he makes me dwell in the darknessn

like those long dead.o

So my spirit grows faint within me;

my heart within me is dismayed.p

I rememberq the days of long ago;

I meditater on all your works

and consider what your hands have done.

I spread out my handss to you;

I thirst for you like a parched land.a

Answer me quickly,t Lord;

my spirit fails.u

Do not hide your facev from me

or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,w

for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the wayx I should go,

for to you I entrust my life.y

Rescue mez from my enemies,a Lord,

for I hide myself in you.

10 Teach meb to do your will,

for you are my God;c

may your good Spirit

leadd me on level ground.e

11 For your name’s sake,f Lord, preserve my life;g

in your righteousness,h bring me out of trouble.

12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;i

destroy all my foes,j

for I am your servant.k


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