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(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. (Selah) 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.