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Psalm 143

I Stretch Out My Hands to You

A Psalm of David.

1O LORD, hear my prayer.

In Your faithfulness, give ear to my plea;

in Your righteousness, answer me.

2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment,

for no one alive is righteous before You.

3 For the enemy has pursued my soul,

crushing my life to the ground,

making me dwell in darkness

like those long since dead.

4 My spirit grows faint within me;

my heart is dismayed inside me.

5 I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all Your works;

I consider the work of Your hands.

6 I stretch out my hands to You;

my soul thirsts for You like a parched land.


7 Answer me quickly, O LORD;

my spirit fails.

Do not hide Your face from me,

or I will be like those who descend to the Pit.

8 Let me hear Your loving devotion in the morning,

for I have put my trust in You.

Teach me the way I should walk,

for to You I lift up my soul.

9 Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD;

I flee to You for refuge. a 

10 Teach me to do Your will,

for You are my God.

May Your good Spirit lead me

on level ground.

11 For the sake of Your name, O LORD,

revive me.

In Your righteousness,

bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And in Your loving devotion,

cut off my enemies.

Destroy all who afflict me,

for I am Your servant.



9 a LXX and one Hebrew manuscript; most Hebrew manuscripts in You I take cover

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