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Jehovah’s Witnesses



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.”