143 Lord, hear my prayer; ·listen [L give ear] to my ·cry for mercy [prayer of supplication]. Answer me because you are ·loyal [faithful] and ·good [righteous]. 2 Don’t ·judge me [L bring me into judgment], your servant, because no one alive is ·right [righteous] before you [Rom. 3:22; Gal. 2:16]. 3 My enemies are ·chasing [pursuing; persecuting] me; they crushed me to the ground. They made me ·live [sit] in darkness like those long dead [Lam. 3:6]. 4 ·I am afraid [I am depressed; L my spirit is faint; 142:3]; my ·courage is gone [L heart within me is desolated].
5 I remember ·what happened long ago [L the former days]; I ·consider [meditated on] everything you have done. I ·think [considered] ·about all you have made [L the work of your hands]. 6 I ·lift my hands to you in prayer [L spread out my hands to you]. ·As a dry land needs rain, I thirst [L My life/soul is like a thirsty/parched land] for you. ·Selah[Interlude]
7 Lord, answer me quickly, because ·I am getting weak [L my spirit languishes]. Don’t ·turn away [L hide your face] from me, or I will be like those who ·are dead [L go down to the pit]. 8 ·Tell me [Make me hear] in the morning about your ·love [loyalty], because I ·trust [have confidence in] you. ·Show me what I should do [L Make me know the way I should walk], because ·my prayers go up [L I lift up my soul] to you. 9 Lord, ·save [protect] me from my enemies; I hide in you. 10 Teach me to do ·what you want [your will], because you are my God. Let your good Spirit [or spirit] ·lead [guide] me on level ground.
11 Lord, let me live ·so people will praise you [L for the sake of your name]. In your ·goodness [righteousness] ·save me [L bring me out] from my ·troubles [distress]. 12 In your ·love [loyalty] ·defeat [destroy] my enemies. ·Destroy [L Make perish] all those who ·trouble [distress] me, because I am your servant.
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