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Psalm 143–145

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,i

listen to my cry for mercy;j

in your faithfulnessk and righteousnessl

come to my relief.

Do not bring your servant into judgment,

for no one living is righteousm before you.

The enemy pursues me,

he crushes me to the ground;

he makes me dwell in the darknessn

like those long dead.o

So my spirit grows faint within me;

my heart within me is dismayed.p

I rememberq the days of long ago;

I meditater on all your works

and consider what your hands have done.

I spread out my handss to you;

I thirst for you like a parched land.a

Answer me quickly,t Lord;

my spirit fails.u

Do not hide your facev from me

or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,w

for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the wayx I should go,

for to you I entrust my life.y

Rescue mez from my enemies,a Lord,

for I hide myself in you.

10 Teach meb to do your will,

for you are my God;c

may your good Spirit

leadd me on level ground.e

11 For your name’s sake,f Lord, preserve my life;g

in your righteousness,h bring me out of trouble.

12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;i

destroy all my foes,j

for I am your servant.k

Psalm 144

Of David.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,l

who trains my hands for war,

my fingers for battle.

He is my loving God and my fortress,m

my strongholdn and my deliverer,

my shield,o in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoplesa p under me.

Lord, what are human beingsq that you care for them,

mere mortals that you think of them?

They are like a breath;r

their days are like a fleeting shadow.s

Part your heavens,t Lord, and come down;u

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.v

Send forth lightningw and scatterx the enemy;

shoot your arrowsy and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;z

deliver me and rescue mea

from the mighty waters,b

from the hands of foreignersc

whose mouths are full of lies,d

whose right handse are deceitful.f

I will sing a new songg to you, my God;

on the ten-stringed lyreh I will make music to you,

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,i

who delivers his servant David.j

From the deadly swordk 11 deliver me;

rescue mel from the hands of foreignersm

whose mouths are full of lies,n

whose right hands are deceitful.o

12 Then our sons in their youth

will be like well-nurtured plants,p

and our daughters will be like pillarsq

carved to adorn a palace.

13 Our barns will be filledr

with every kind of provision.

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

by tens of thousands in our fields;

14 our oxens will draw heavy loads.b

There will be no breaching of walls,t

no going into captivity,

no cry of distress in our streets.u

15 Blessed is the peoplev of whom this is true;

blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Psalm 145a

A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you,w my God the King;x

I will praise your namey for ever and ever.

Every day I will praisez you

and extol your namea for ever and ever.

Greatb is the Lord and most worthy of praise;c

his greatness no one can fathom.d

One generatione commends your works to another;

they tellf of your mighty acts.g

They speak of the glorious splendorh of your majesty—

and I will meditate on your wonderful works.b i

They tellj of the power of your awesome works—k

and I will proclaiml your great deeds.m

They celebrate your abundant goodnessn

and joyfully singo of your righteousness.p

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,q

slow to anger and rich in love.r

The Lord is goods to all;

he has compassiont on all he has made.

10 All your works praise you,u Lord;

your faithful people extolv you.w

11 They tell of the glory of your kingdomx

and speak of your might,y

12 so that all people may know of your mighty actsz

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.a

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,b

and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthyc in all he promisesd

and faithful in all he does.c

14 The Lord upholdse all who fall

and lifts up allf who are bowed down.g

15 The eyes of all look to you,

and you give them their foodh at the proper time.

16 You open your hand

and satisfy the desiresi of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteousj in all his ways

and faithful in all he does.k

18 The Lord is nearl to all who call on him,m

to all who call on him in truth.

19 He fulfills the desiresn of those who fear him;o

he hears their cryp and saves them.q

20 The Lord watches overr all who love him,s

but all the wicked he will destroy.t

21 My mouth will speaku in praise of the Lord.

Let every creaturev praise his holy namew

for ever and ever.

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Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac (see also Septuagint); Masoretic Text On the glorious splendor of your majesty / and on your wonderful works I will meditate

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