Psalm 143:1-12

(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 darknesslike 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.(Selah) 7  Answer me quickly, Jehovah;my spirit has given out.Do not veil your face from meand 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 meover 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 enemiesand destroy all the assailants of my soul,because I am your servant.