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Psalms 143

A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, hear my prayer,
     listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
     come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
     for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
     he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in darkness
     like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
     my heart within me is dismayed.
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;
     my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
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 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 Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord,
     for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
     for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
     lead me on level ground.
11 For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life;
     in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

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