Psalm 143:7
New International Version
Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

New Living Translation
Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don't turn away from me, or I will die.

English Standard Version
Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.

Berean Study Bible
Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide Your face from me, or I will be like those who go down to the Pit.

New American Standard Bible
Answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down to the pit.

King James Bible
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Christian Standard Bible
Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Don't hide your face from me, or I will be like those going down to the Pit.

Contemporary English Version
Please hurry, LORD, and answer my prayer. I feel hopeless. Don't turn away and leave me here to die.

Good News Translation
Answer me now, LORD! I have lost all hope. Don't hide yourself from me, or I will be among those who go down to the world of the dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Don't hide Your face from me, or I will be like those going down to the Pit.

International Standard Version
Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit is failing. Do not hide your face from me; otherwise, I will become like those who descend to the Pit,

NET Bible
Answer me quickly, LORD! My strength is fading. Do not reject me, or I will join those descending into the grave.

New Heart English Bible
Hurry to answer me, LORD. My spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, so that I do not become like those who go down into the pit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Answer me quickly, Lord Jehovah, because my spirit is spent; do not turn your face from me, lest I be handed over with the descenders to the pit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Answer me quickly, O LORD. My spirit is worn out. Do not hide your face from me, or I will be like those who go into the pit.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Answer me speedily, O LORD, My spirit faileth; Hide not Thy face from me; Lest I become like them that go down into the pit.

New American Standard 1977
Answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails; Do not hide Thy face from me, Lest I become like those who go down to the pit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear me speedily, O LORD; my spirit fails; hide not thy face from me lest I be like those that go down into the grave.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

American King James Version
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like to them that go down into the pit.

American Standard Version
Make haste to answer me, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth: Hide not thy face from me, Lest I become like them that go down into the pit.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hear me speedily, O Lord; my spirit has failed; turn not away thy face from me, else I shall be like to them that go down to the pit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit hath fainted away. Turn not away thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Darby Bible Translation
Answer me speedily, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, or I shall be like unto them that go down into the pit.

English Revised Version
Make haste to answer me, O LORD; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me; lest I become like them that go down into the pit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like them that go down into the pit.

World English Bible
Hurry to answer me, Yahweh. My spirit fails. Don't hide your face from me, so that I don't become like those who go down into the pit.

Young's Literal Translation
Haste, answer me, O Jehovah, My spirit hath been consumed, Hide not Thou Thy face from me, Or I have been compared with those going down to the pit.
Study Bible
I Stretch Out My Hands to You
6I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah 7Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide Your face from me, or I will be like those who go down to the Pit. 8Let 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.…
Cross References
Psalm 27:9
Hide not Your face from me, nor turn away Your servant in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Psalm 28:1
To you, O LORD, I call; be not deaf to me, O my rock. For if You remain silent, I will be like those descending to the Pit.

Psalm 30:7
O LORD, You favored me; You made my mountain stand strong. When You hid Your face, I was dismayed.

Psalm 69:17
Hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress. Answer me quickly!

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 84:2
My soul longs, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Psalm 88:4
I am counted among those descending to the pit. I am like a man without strength.

Psalm 102:2
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline Your ear to me; answer me quickly when I call.

Jeremiah 8:18
My sorrow is beyond healing; my heart is faint within me.

Lamentations 1:22
Let all their wickedness come before You, and deal with them as You have dealt with me because of all my transgressions. For my groans are many, and my heart is faint.

Treasury of Scripture

Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like to them that go down into the pit.

hear me

Psalm 14:1-4
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good…

Psalm 40:13,17
Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me…

Psalm 70:5
But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.

my spirit

Psalm 40:12
For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

Psalm 69:3
I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Isaiah 57:16
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

hide not

Psalm 22:24
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

Psalm 27:9
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Psalm 69:17
And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

lest I be like, etc.

Psalm 28:1
A Psalm of David. Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

Psalm 88:4-6,10,11
I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: …

Isaiah 38:18
For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.







Lexicon
Answer
עֲנֵ֨נִי ׀ (‘ă·nê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

me quickly,
מַ֘הֵ֤ר (ma·hêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4118: Hastening, speedy, swift

O LORD;
יְהוָה֮ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

my spirit
ר֫וּחִ֥י (rū·ḥî)
Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

fails.
כָּלְתָ֪ה (kā·lə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent

Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

hide
תַּסְתֵּ֣ר (tas·têr)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5641: To hide, conceal

Your face
פָּנֶ֣יךָ (pā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

from me,
מִמֶּ֑נִּי (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

or I will be like those
וְ֝נִמְשַׁ֗לְתִּי (wə·nim·šal·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4911: To liken, to use, language, in, to resemble

who go down
יֹ֥רְדֵי (yō·rə·ḏê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

to the Pit.
בֽוֹר׃ (ḇō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 953: A pit, cistern, well
(7) With the first clause comp. Psalm 69:17, with the second, Psalm 102:2,

This dependence on former psalms does not detract from the reality of the feeling expressed by means of these ancient sobs and cries. The contrast of the present with former times (Psalm 143:5) with the recollection of God's dealings then, joined to thoughtful contemplation of the reality of His power as displayed in His works, makes the psalmist's anguish the more intense, his longing the more consuming, his supplication the more urgent.

Verse 7. - Hear me speedily, O Lord. Here the direct supplication of ver. 1 is taken up, and pressed. "Hear me, O Lord; and not only hear me, but that speedily. It is a time for haste" (comp. Psalm 141:1). My spirit faileth; or, "fainteth" (LXX., ἐξέλιπε). Hide not thy face from me (comp. Psalm 27:9; Psalm 69:17; Psalm 102:2). Lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit (see the comment on Psalm 28:1). 143:7-12 David prays that God would be well pleased with him, and let him know that he was so. He pleads the wretchedness of his case, if God withdrew from him. But the night of distress and discouragement shall end in a morning of consolation and praise. He prays that he might be enlightened with the knowledge of God's will; and this is the first work of the Spirit. A good man does not ask the way in which is the most pleasant walking, but what is the right way. Not only show me what thy will is, but teach me how to do it. Those who have the Lord for their God, have his Spirit for their Guide; they are led by the Spirit. He prays that he might be enlivened to do God's will. But we should especially seek the destruction of our sins, our worst enemies, that we may be devotedly God's servants.
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