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A Psalm of David.

¶ Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my supplications for the sake of thy truth; answer me for the sake of thy righteousness.

And enter not into judgment with thy slave; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

Therefore my spirit has become overwhelmed within me; my heart within me has become desolate.

I remembered the days of old; I meditated on all thy works; I mused on the work of thy hands.

I stretched forth my hands unto thee; my soul thirsted after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

¶ Hear me speedily, O LORD; my spirit fails; hide not thy face from me lest I be like those that go down into the grave.

Cause me to hear thy mercy in the morning, for in thee do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; I flee unto thee.

10 Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God. Let thy good Spirit lead me into the land of uprightness.

11 By thy name, O LORD, thou shalt give me life; by thy righteousness thou shalt bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And by thy mercy thou shalt scatter my enemies and destroy all the adversaries of my soul; for I am thy slave.

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