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1Hear my prayer, O Lord;

give ear to my supplications!

In thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness!

2Enter not into judgment with thy servant;

for no man living is righteous before thee.

3For the enemy has pursued me;

he has crushed my life to the ground;

he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.

4Therefore my spirit faints within me;

my heart within me is appalled.

5I remember the days of old,

I meditate on all that thou hast done;

I muse on what thy hands have wrought.

6I stretch out my hands to thee;

my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land.   Selah

7Make haste to answer me, O Lord!

My spirit fails!

Hide not thy face from me,

lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.

8Let me hear in the morning of thy steadfast love,

for in thee I put my trust.

Teach me the way I should go,

for to thee I lift up my soul.

9Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies!

I have fled to thee for refuge!

10Teach me to do thy will,

for thou art my God!

Let thy good spirit lead me

on a level path!

11For thy name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!

In thy righteousness bring me out of trouble!

12And in thy steadfast love cut off my enemies,

and destroy all my adversaries,

for I am thy servant.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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