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Thursday, October 27, 2005

142:1 To the Lord I cry out to the Lord I plead for mercy 142:2 I pour out my lament before him; I tell him about my troubles. 142:3 Even when my strength leaves me,7 you watch my footsteps. In the path where I walk they have hidden a snare for me. 142:4 Look to the right and see! No one cares about me. I have nowhere to run; no one is concerned about my life. 142:5 I cry out to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my shelter, my security in the land of the living.” 142:6 Listen to my cry for help, for I am in serious trouble! Rescue me from those who chase me, for they are stronger than I am. 142:7 Free me from prison, that I may give thanks to your name. Because of me the godly will assemble, for you will vindicate me.

7 tn Heb “my spirit grows faint.”

143:1 O Lord, hear my prayer! Pay attention to my plea for help! Because of your faithfulness and justice, answer me! 143:2 Do not sit in judgment on your servant, for no one alive is innocent before you. 143:3 Certainly my enemies chase me. They smash me into the ground. They force me to live in dark regions, like those who have been dead for ages. 143:4 My strength leaves me;9 I am absolutely shocked. 143:5 I recall the old days; I meditate on all you have done; I reflect on your accomplishments. 143:6 I spread my hands out to you in prayer; my soul thirsts for you in a parched and. 143:7 Answer me quickly, Lord! My strength is fading. Do not reject me, or I will join those descending into the grave. 143:8 May I hear about your loyal love in the morning, for I trust in you. Show me the way I should go, because I long for you. 143:9 Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord! I run to you for protection. 143:10 Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God. May your kind presence lead me into a level land. 143:11 O Lord, for the sake of your reputation, revive me! Because of your justice, rescue me from trouble! 143:12 As a demonstration of your loyal love, destroy my enemies! Annihilate all who threaten my life, for I am your servant.

9 tn Heb “my spirit grows faint.”
posted by Jeremy Dillinger @ 11:27 AM 

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