Bishops' Bible

Psalms 143

David prayeth for favour in judgment.

Psalms 143:1 {A Psalme of Dauid.} Heare my prayer O God, geue eare vnto my desire: hearken vnto me for thy trueth sake, for thy ryghteousnesse sake. Psalms 143:2 And enter not into iudgement with thy seruaunt: for in thy syght no man lyuyng can be iustified.

He complaineth of his griefs.

Psalms 143:3 For the enemie hath persecuted my soule, he hath smitten my lyfe downe to the grounde: he hath layde me in darknesse as men that haue ben long dead. Psalms 143:4 And my spirite is ouerwhelmed within me: and my heart is desolate in the midst of me.

He strengtheneth his faith by meditation and prayer.

Psalms 143:5 I call to remembraunce the tyme long past: I muse vpon euery act of thine, I exercise my study on the worke of thy handes. Psalms 143:6 I stretche foorth myne handes vnto thee: my soule as a thirstie lande [gaspeth] vnto thee. Selah.

He prayeth for grace,

Psalms 143:7 Make speede, hearken vnto me O God, my spirite waxeth faynt: hyde not thy face from me, for I am lyke vnto them that go downe into the pyt. Psalms 143:8 Cause me to heare of thy louyng kindnesse betymes in the mornyng: for in thee is my trust. Make me to knowe the way that I shoulde walke in: for I lyft vp my soule vnto thee.

for deliverance,

Psalms 143:9 Delyuer me O God from myne enemies: I hyde my selfe with thee.

for sanctification,

Psalms 143:10 Teache me to do the thyng that pleaseth thee, for thou art my Lorde: let thy good spirite leade me foorth vnto the lande of ryghteousnesse. Psalms 143:11 For thy names sake O God thou wilt cause me to lyue: and for thy righteousnesse sake thou wilt bryng my soule out of trouble.

for destruction of his enemies.

Psalms 143:12 And of thy goodnesse thou wylt restrayne myne enemies: and destroy all them that be aduersaries to my soule, for I am thy seruaunt.

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