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Psalm 143

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

A Psalm of David.


Hear my prayer, O L ord;

give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;

answer me in your righteousness.


Do not enter into judgment with your servant,

for no one living is righteous before you.



For the enemy has pursued me,

crushing my life to the ground,

making me sit in darkness like those long dead.


Therefore my spirit faints within me;

my heart within me is appalled.



I remember the days of old,

I think about all your deeds,

I meditate on the works of your hands.


I stretch out my hands to you;

my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah



Answer me quickly, O L ord;

my spirit fails.

Do not hide your face from me,

or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.


Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,

for in you I put my trust.

Teach me the way I should go,

for to you I lift up my soul.



Save me, O L ord, from my enemies;

I have fled to you for refuge.


Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God.

Let your good spirit lead me

on a level path.



For your name’s sake, O L ord, preserve my life.

In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.


In your steadfast love cut off my enemies,

and destroy all my adversaries,

for I am your servant.

3. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul. Having acknowledged that he only suffered the just punishment of his sins, David comes now to speak of his enemies; for to have begun by speaking of them would have been a preposterous order. Their cruelty was shown in their not resting satisfied but with the destruction of one who was a saint of God; he declares that he must even now perish unless God should help him speedily. The comparison is not merely to a dead man, but a putrid corpse; for by the dead of an age 250250     כמתי עולם. These words are differently rendered in the ancient versions. The Septuagint has ὡς νεκροὺς αἰωνος, as the dead of the age; the Syriac, forever; the Chaldee, as they that lie down of that age. The real sense of the expression is, as they who have been dead a long time. The Psalmist employs hyperbolical language in this verse; he says, the enemy hath beaten his life to the ground, hath made him dwell in dark places, and for such a length of time, that there remained no remembrance of him, and that he had become like those persons who had long since been in their graves. The design of all this is to express emphatically great sorrow and oppression.” — Phillips. are meant those who have been long removed from the world. Such language intimates that he not only trusted in God as he who could heal him of a deadly disease, but considered that though his life should be buried, as it were, and long out of mind, God could raise it again, and restore his very ashes.

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