(A psalm of David’s.)
143 Jehovah, hear my prayer,
give ear to my supplication,
in your faithfulness answer me with your right-doing,
2 And do not take your servant into court,
because no one living will be in the right before you.
3 For an enemy has persecuted my soul,
beaten my life down to the ground,
Seated me in places of darkness
like men long since dead,
4 And my spirit has failed,
my heart is aghast within me.
5 I remember ancient days,
muse on all your doings,
ponder the work of your hands.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
my soul looks to you as does a country perishing with drought.
7 Answer me quickly, Jehovah;
my spirit has given out.
Do not veil your face from me
and have me be like those who are down in the Pit.
8 Let me hear of your friendship in the morning,
because I am confident in you.
Make known to me the road I am to go,
because I lift my soul to you.
9 Deliver me from my enemies, Jehovah;
to you I flee.
10 Teach me to do as is acceptable to you,
because you are my God.
Your spirit is good; let it lead me
over level ground.
11 For the sake of your name, Jehovah, you will give me life;
in your right-doing you will bring my soul out of distress,
12 And in your friendship you will annihilate my enemies
and destroy all the assailants of my soul,
because I am your servant.