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Psalm 142

A psalm by David, when his son persecuted him.

O Lord, hear my prayer;
Give ear to my supplication in Your
truth;
Answer me, in Your righteousness;
Do not enter into judgment with Your
servant,
For no one living shall become
righteous in Your sight.
For the enemy persecuted my soul;
He humbled my life to the ground;
He caused me to dwell in dark places
as one long dead,
And my spirit was in anguish within
me;
My heart was troubled within me.
I remembered the days of old,
And I meditated on all Your works;
I meditated on the works of Your
hands.
I spread out my hands to You:
My soul thirsts for You like a
waterless land.
Hear me speedily, O Lord;
My spirit faints within me;
Turn not Your face from me,
Lest I become like those who go
down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Your mercy in the
morning,
For I hope in You;
Make me know, O Lord, the way
wherein I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
Deliver me, from my enemies
O Lord,
For to You I flee for refuge.
Teach me to do Your will, For You are
my God;
Your good Spirit shall guide me in the
land of uprightness.
For Your name's sake, O Lord, give me
life;
In Your righteousness You shall bring
my soul out of affliction.
In Your mercy You shall destroy my
enemies;
You shall utterly destroy all who
afflict my soul,
For I am Your servant.

Scripture quoted from the Orthodox Study Bible, published and copyright 2008 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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