NASB — Psalms 143 — KJV

Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance.

A Psalm of David.

  1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,
  aGive ear to my supplications!
  Answer me in Your bfaithfulness, in Your crighteousness!
  2 And ado not enter into judgment with Your servant,
  For in Your sight bno man living is righteous.
  3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
  He has crushed my life ato the ground;
  He bhas made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.
  4 Therefore amy spirit Iis overwhelmed within me;
  My heart is IIbappalled within me.

[1] aPs 140:6 bPs 89:1, 2 cPs 71:2
[2] aJb 14:3; 22:4 b1K 8:46; Jb 4:17; 9:2; 25:4; Ps 130:3; Ec 7:20; Ro 3:10, 20; Ga 2:16
[3] aPs 44:25 bPs 88:6; Lm 3:6
[4] ILit faints IIOr desolate aPs 77:3; 142:3 bLm 3:11

  5 ¶ I aremember the days of old;
  I bmeditate on all Your doings;
  I cmuse on the work of Your hands.
  6 I astretch out my hands to You;
  My bsoul [longs] for You, as a Iparched land.
      IISelah.

[5] aPs 77:5, 10, 11 bPs 77:12 cPs 105:2
[6] ILit weary IISelah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude aJb 11:13; Ps 88:9 bPs 42:2; 63:1

  7aAnswer me quickly, O LORD, my bspirit fails;
  cDo not hide Your face from me,
  Or I will become like dthose who go down to the pit.
  8 Let me hear Your alovingkindness bin the morning;
  For I trust cin You;
  Teach me the dway in which I should walk;
  For to You I elift up my soul.
  9 aDeliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;
  II take refuge in You.

[7] aPs 69:17 bPs 73:26; 84:2; Jr 8:18; Lm 1:22 cPs 27:9; 69:17; 102:2 dPs 28:1; 88:4
[8] aPs 90:14 bPs 46:5 cPs 25:2 dPs 27:11; 32:8; 86:11 ePs 25:1; 86:4
[9] ILit To You have I hidden aPs 31:15; 59:1

  10aTeach me to do Your will,
  For You are my God;
  Let bYour good Spirit clead me on level Iground.
  11 aFor the sake of Your name, O LORD, brevive me.
  cIn Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.
  12 And in Your lovingkindness, Iacut off my enemies
  And bdestroy all those who afflict my soul,
  For cI am Your servant.

[10] ILit land aPs 25:4, 5; 119:12 bNe 9:20 cPs 23:3
[11] aPs 25:11 bPs 119:25 cPs 31:1; 71:2
[12] IOr silence aPs 54:5 bPs 52:5 cPs 116:16


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David prayeth for favour in judgment.

1 ¶ [[A Psalm of David.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, [and] in thy righteousness. 2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

[1] 2S 7:25; Ps 31:1; 71:2; Dn 9:16; 1Jn 1:9.
[2] Ex 34:7; Jb 4:17; 9:2; 14:3; 15:14; 25:4; Ps 130:3; Ec 7:20; Ro 3:20; Ga 2:16; 1Jn 1:10.

He complaineth of his griefs.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. 4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

[3] 2S 2:22; 18:11; Ps 7:1, 5; 17:9; 31:12; 35:4; 54:3; 88:4; 142:6; Ezk 37:11.
[4] Jb 6:27; Ps 25:16; 55:5; 61:2; 77:3; 102:1, 3; 119:81; 124:4; 142:3; Lk 22:44.

He strengtheneth his faith by meditation and prayer.

5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. 6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul [thirsteth] after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

[5] Dt 8:2; 1S 17:34, 45; Ps 42:6; 77:5, 10; 111:4; Is 63:7; Mi 6:5.
[6] Jb 11:13; Ps 42:1; 44:20; 63:1; 84:2; 88:9; Is 26:8; 35:7; Jn 7:37.

He prayeth for grace,

7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. 8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

[7] Ps 13:1; 22:24; 27:9; 28:1; 40:12, 13, 17; 69:3, 17; 70:5; 71:12; 88:4, 10; Is 8:17; 38:18; 57:16; Lk 21:26.
[8] Gn 32:24; Ps 5:8; 25:1, 4; 27:11; 30:5; 32:8; 42:8; 46:5; 59:16; 86:4; 119:34, 73; 143:10; Pv 3:5; Is 30:21; 48:17; Lm 3:41; Ho 6:3.

for deliverance,

9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

[9] Ps 34:2; 56:9; 61:3; 142:5; Pv 18:10; He 6:18.

for sanctification,

10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness. 11 Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

[10] Ne 9:20; Ps 22:1; 25:4, 8, 12; 31:14; 63:1; 118:28; 119:5, 12, 35; 139:24; 140:6; Is 29:10; 63:14; Mi 4:2; Mt 28:20; Jn 14:26; 16:13; Ro 5:5; 8:2, 14, 26; 15:13, 30; Ga 5:22; Ep 4:30; 5:9; Col 1:9; 1Th 4:1; 2Ti 1:7; He 13:21; 1Jn 2:27.
[11] Ps 9:7; 25:17; 31:1; 34:19; 37:39; 71:2; 85:6; 91:15; 119:25, 37, 40, 88, 107; 138:7; 143:1; Hab 3:2; Ep 2:4; Rv 7:14.

for destruction of his enemies.

12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I [am] thy servant.


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