142 A well-written song 1 by David, when he was in the cave; 2 a prayer.
To the Lord I cry out; 3
to the Lord I plead for mercy. 4
2 I pour out my lament before him;
I tell him about 5 my troubles.
3 Even when my strength leaves me, 6
you watch my footsteps. 7
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see!
No one cares about me. 8
I have nowhere to run; 9
no one is concerned about my life. 10
5 I cry out to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my shelter,
my security 11 in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry for help,
for I am in serious trouble! 12
Rescue me from those who chase me,
for they are stronger than I am.
7 Free me 13 from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
Because of me the godly will assemble, 14
for you will vindicate me. 15
143 A psalm of David.
O Lord, hear my prayer!
Pay attention to my plea for help!
Because of your faithfulness and justice, answer me!
2 Do not sit in judgment on 1 your servant,
for no one alive is innocent before you. 2
3 Certainly 3 my enemies 4 chase me.
They smash me into the ground. 5
They force me to live 6 in dark regions, 7
like those who have been dead for ages.
4 My strength leaves me; 8
I am absolutely shocked. 9
5 I recall the old days; 10
I meditate on all you have done;
I reflect on your accomplishments. 11
6 I spread my hands out to you in prayer; 12
my soul thirsts for you in a parched 13 land. 14
7 Answer me quickly, Lord!
My strength is fading. 15
Do not reject me, 16
or I will join 17 those descending into the grave. 18
8 May I hear about your loyal love in the morning, 19
for I trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, 20
because I long for you. 21
9 Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord!
I run to you for protection. 22
10 Teach me to do what pleases you, 23
for you are my God.
May your kind presence 24
lead me 25 into a level land. 26
11 O Lord, for the sake of your reputation, 27 revive me! 28
Because of your justice, rescue me from trouble! 29
12 As a demonstration of your loyal love, 30 destroy my enemies!
Annihilate 31 all who threaten my life, 32
for I am your servant.
144 By David.
The Lord, my protector, 1 deserves praise 2 –
the one who trains my hands for battle, 3
and my fingers for war,
2 who loves me 4 and is my stronghold,
my refuge 5 and my deliverer,
my shield and the one in whom I take shelter,
who makes nations submit to me. 6
3 O Lord, of what importance is the human race, 7 that you should notice them?
Of what importance is mankind, 8 that you should be concerned about them? 9
4 People 10 are like a vapor,
their days like a shadow that disappears. 11
5 O Lord, make the sky sink 12 and come down! 13
Touch the mountains and make them smolder! 14
6 Hurl lightning bolts and scatter them!
Shoot your arrows and rout them! 15
7 Reach down 16 from above!
Grab me and rescue me from the surging water, 17
from the power of foreigners, 18
8 who speak lies,
and make false promises. 19
9 O God, I will sing a new song to you!
Accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, I will sing praises to you,
10 the one who delivers 20 kings,
and rescued David his servant from a deadly 21 sword.
11 Grab me and rescue me from the power of foreigners, 22
who speak lies,
and make false promises. 23
12 Then 24 our sons will be like plants,
that quickly grow to full size. 25
Our daughters will be like corner pillars, 26
carved like those in a palace. 27
13 Our storehouses 28 will be full,
providing all kinds of food. 29
Our sheep will multiply by the thousands
and fill 30 our pastures. 31
14 Our cattle will be weighted down with produce. 32
No one will break through our walls,
no one will be taken captive,
and there will be no terrified cries in our city squares. 33
15 How blessed are the people who experience these things! 34
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!