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Psalm 143

A Cry for Help

A Davidic psalm.

Lord, hear my prayer.

In Your faithfulness listen to my plea,

and in Your righteousness answer me. x

Do not bring Your servant into judgment, y

for no one alive is righteous in Your sight. z

For the enemy has pursued me,

crushing me to the ground,

making me live in darkness

like those long dead. a

My spirit is weak within me;

my heart is overcome with dismay. b

I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all You have done;

I reflect on the work of Your hands. c

I spread out my hands to You;

I am like parched land before You. d * Selah

Answer me quickly, Lord;

my spirit fails. e

Don’t hide Your face from me,

or I will be like those

going down to the * Pit. f

Let me experience

Your faithful love in the morning,

for I trust in You. g

Reveal to me the way I should go

because I long for You. h

Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;

I come to You for protection. i j

10 Teach me to do Your will,

for You are my God. k

May Your gracious Spirit

lead me on level ground. l

11 Because of Your name, * Yahweh,

let me live.

In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble, m

12 and in Your faithful love destroy my enemies.

Wipe out all those who attack me,

for I am Your servant. n


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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