Psalm 143:1-12

A melody of David.* 143  O Jehovah, hear my prayer;+Do give ear to my entreaty.+In your faithfulness answer me in your righteousness.+   And do not enter into judgment with your servant;+For before you no one alive can be righteous.+   For the enemy has pursued my soul;+He has crushed my life to the very earth.+He has caused me to dwell in dark places like those dead for time indefinite.+   And my spirit+ faints away within me;In the midst of me my heart shows itself numbed.+   I have remembered days of long ago;+I have meditated on all your activity;+I willingly kept myself concerned with the work of your own hands.+   I have spread out my hands to you;+My soul is like an exhausted land to you.+ Seʹlah.*   O hurry, answer me, O Jehovah.+My spirit has come to an end.+Do not conceal your face from me,+Or else I must become comparable with those going down into the pit.+   In the morning cause me to hear your loving-kindness,*+For in you I have put my trust.+Make known to me the way in which I should walk,+For to you I have lifted up my soul.+   Deliver me from my enemies, O Jehovah.+I have taken cover* even with you.+ 10  Teach me to do your will,*+For you are my God.+Your spirit is good;+May it lead me in the land of uprightness.+ 11  For the sake of your name,+ O Jehovah, may you preserve me alive.+In your righteousness+ may you bring forth my soul out of distress.+ 12  And in your loving-kindness may you silence my enemies;+And you must destroy all those showing hostility to my soul,+For I am your servant.+


LXXVg add: “when the son [Vgc, “when his son Absalom”] was pursuing him.”
This is the last Selah of the 71 in Psalms. See 3:2 and ftn, “Selah.”
Or, “loyal love.”
Lit., “I have covered.”
Or, “pleasure.”