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Psalm 143 New Century Version (NCV)

A Prayer Not to Be Killed

A psalm of David.

143 Lord, hear my prayer;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
Answer me
    because you are loyal and good.
Don’t judge me, your servant,
    because no one alive is right before you.
My enemies are chasing me;
    they crushed me to the ground.
They made me live in darkness
    like those long dead.
I am afraid;
    my courage is gone.

I remember what happened long ago;
    I consider everything you have done.
    I think about all you have made.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
    As a dry land needs rain, I thirst for you. Selah

Lord, answer me quickly,
    because I am getting weak.
Don’t turn away from me,
    or I will be like those who are dead.
Tell me in the morning about your love,
    because I trust you.
Show me what I should do,
    because my prayers go up to you.
Lord, save me from my enemies;
    I hide in you.
10 Teach me to do what you want,
    because you are my God.
Let your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 Lord, let me live
    so people will praise you.
In your goodness
    save me from my troubles.
12 In your love defeat my enemies.
    Destroy all those who trouble me,
    because I am your servant.

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Psalm 143 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
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 entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, 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, 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.


  1. Psalm 143:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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