English Standard Version
My Soul Thirsts for You
A Psalm of David.
143 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
(A)give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your (B)faithfulness answer me, in your (C)righteousness!
2 (D)Enter not into judgment with your servant,
for no one living is righteous (E)before you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul;
(F)he has crushed my life to the ground;
(G)he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit (H)faints within me;
my heart within me is appalled.
7 (N)Answer me quickly, O Lord!
(O)My spirit fails!
(P)Hide not your face from me,
(Q)lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 (R)Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I (S)trust.
(T)Make me know the way I should go,
(U)for to you I lift up my soul.
11 (AA)For your name's sake, O Lord, (AB)preserve my life!
In your righteousness (AC)bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will (AD)cut off my enemies,
and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am your (AE)servant.
My Rock and My Fortress
144 Blessed be the Lord, my (AF)rock,
(AG)who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle;
2 he is my (AH)steadfast love and my (AI)fortress,
my (AJ)stronghold and my deliverer,
my (AK)shield and he in whom I take refuge,
who (AL)subdues peoples[b] under me.
5 (AR)Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
(AS)Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
6 (AT)Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
(AU)send out your arrows and rout them!
7 (AV)Stretch out your hand from on high;
(AW)rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
from the hand (AX)of foreigners,
8 whose mouths speak (AY)lies
and whose right hand is (AZ)a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing (BA)a new song to you, O God;
upon (BB)a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings,
who (BC)rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me
from the hand (BD)of foreigners,
whose mouths speak (BE)lies
and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 May our sons in their youth
be like (BF)plants full grown,
our daughters like (BG)corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace;
13 (BH)may our granaries be full,
(BI)providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young,
suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;[c]
may there be no (BJ)cry of distress in our streets!
15 (BK)Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
(BL)Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!