Hear my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire *
hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness’ sake.
And enter not into judgement with thy servant *
for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground *
he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit vexed within me *
and my heart within me is desolate.
Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works *
yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
I stretch forth my hands unto thee *
my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.
Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint *
hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust *
shew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies *
for I flee unto thee to hide me.
Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God *
let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.
Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Name’s sake *
and for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
And of thy goodness slay mine enemies *
and destroy all them that vex my soul ; for I am thy servant.