Psalm 143. Domine, exaudi.
HEAR my prayer, O LORD, and consider my desire; * hearken unto
me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant; * for in thy
sight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life
down to the ground; * he hath laid me in the darkness, as the
men that have been long dead.
4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me, * and my heart within
me is desolate.
5 Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works;
* yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee; * my soul gaspeth unto
thee as a thirsty land.
7 Hear me, O LORD, and that soon; for my spirit waxeth faint:
* hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go
down into the pit.
8 O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning; for
in thee is my trust: * show thou me the way that I should walk
in; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies; * for I flee unto thee
to hide me.
10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee; for thou art
my God: * let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of
11 Quicken me, O LORD, for thy Name's sake; * and for thy righteousness'
sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And of thy goodness slay mine enemies, * and destroy all them
that vex my soul; for I am thy servant.