Psalm 143:1
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English Standard Version
Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

American Standard Version
Hear my prayer, O Jehovah; give ear to my supplications: In thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O Lord, my prayer: give ear to my supplication in thy truth: hear me in thy justice.

English Revised Version
A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The emphasis of the first two lines rests upon אל־ה. Forsaken by all created beings, he confides in Jahve. He turns to Him in pathetic and importunate prayer (זעק, the parallel word being התחנּן, as in Psalm 30:9), and that not merely inwardly (Exodus 14:15), but with his voice (vid., on Psalm 3:5) - for audible prayer reacts soothingly, strengtheningly, and sanctifyingly upon the praying one - he pours out before Him his trouble which distracts his thoughts (שׁפך שׂיח as in Psalm 102:1, cf. Psalm 62:9; Psalm 64:2; 1 Samuel 1:16), he lays open before Him everything that burdens and distresses him. Not as though He did not also know it without all this; on the contrary, when his spirit (רוּחי as in Psalm 143:4; Psalm 77:4, cf. נפשׁי Jonah 2:7, Psalm 107:5, לבּי Psalm 61:3) within him (עלי, see Psalm 42:5) is enshrouded and languishes, just this is his consolation, that Jahve is intimately acquainted with his way together with the dangers that threaten him at every step, and therefore also understands how to estimate the title (right) and meaning of his complaints. The Waw of ואתּה is the same as in 1 Kings 8:36, cf. Psalm 35. Instead of saying: then I comfort myself with the fact that, etc., he at once declares the fact with which he comforts himself. Supposing this to be the case, there is no need for any alteration of the text in order to get over that which is apparently incongruous in the relation of Psalm 142:4 to Psalm 142:4.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A Psalm. The LXX., Vulgate, Ethiopic, and Arabic state that this Psalm was composed by David on the rebellion of his son Absalom; and there are several passages in it which agree remarkably well with that period; for then he had most reason to fear lest God should deal with him according to his sins; which he deprecates with such a deep sense of his unworthiness, that it has hence been numbered among the penitential Psalms, of which it is the last. In it he prays to God for pardon, ver.

Psalm 143:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in your faithfulness answer me, and in your righteousness.

; acknowledges the impossibility of being saved but by grace, ver.

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight shall no man living be justified.

; deplores the lamentable effects of sin, ver.

Psalm 143:3,4 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in darkness...

; comforts himself with a retrospect of God's mercies of old, ver.

Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse on the work of your hands.

; and prays, in a variety of expressions, for remission of sin, sanctification, and redemption. ver.

Psalm 143:6-12 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Selah...

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thy faithfulness

Psalm 31:1 In you, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in your righteousness.

Psalm 71:2 Deliver me in your righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline your ear to me, and save me.

2 Samuel 7:25 And now, O LORD God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever...

Daniel 9:16 O LORD, according to all your righteousness, I beseech you, let your anger and your fury be turned away from your city Jerusalem...

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Cross References
Psalm 31:1
In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!

Psalm 39:12
"Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.

Psalm 71:2
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me!

Psalm 89:1
I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 89:2
For I said, "Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness."

Psalm 119:170
Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.

Psalm 140:6
I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!

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