Psalm 143

1 Hear my prayer, O Jehovah; give ear to my supplications:
In thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant;
For in thy sight no man living is righteous.

1 See Psalm xvii. 6. A. 3869.
1, 2. Prayer of the Lord to the Father, that He who is true and just may hear. P. P.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul;
He hath smitten my life down to the ground:
He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that
have been long dead.

3 See Psalm cii. 21. R. 525.
See Psalm cii. 21. I. 10.
See Psalm vi. 6. E. 186.
By the enemy who persecuted his soul, in the spiritual sense is signified evil, therefore by his being made to dwell in darkness is signified being in falsities. E. 526.
3, 4, 7. That he may not fail in temptations. P. P.

4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is desolate.

4, See Psalm xxxii. 2 first clause. Add: here life in pain, fear and anger. L. 48.

5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all thy doings;
I muse on the work of thy hands.
6 I spread forth my hands unto thee:
My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. [Selah]

5, 6. He longs for the ancient state in respect to the church. P. P.

7 Make haste to answer me, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth:
Hide not thy face from me,
Lest I become like them that go down into the pit.

7 A pit signifies falsities. A. 4728.
See Psalm xxxii. 2. A. 9818.
See Psalm xiii. 2. R. 939.
See Psalm xiii. 2. E. 412.
7, 8. See Psalm xiii. 2. A. 5585.

8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;
For in thee do I trust:
Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
For I lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O Jehovah, from mine enemies:
I flee unto thee to hide me.

8 See Psalm lxiii. 2. E. 179.
8, 9. Because morning signifies the beginning of enlightenment and salvation with regard to the good, and the beginning of thick darkness and destruction with regard to the evil, therefore it is said in Exodus xiv. 24, that Jehovah in the morning watch looked forth upon the host of the Egyptians and discomfited it. A. 821 1.
8-12. He has confidence of being delivered from the hells, by which He is assaulted mightily. P. P.

10 Teach me to do thy will;
For thou art my God:
Thy Spirit is good;
Lead me in the land of uprightness.
11 Quicken me, O Jehovah, for thy name’s sake:
In thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And in thy lovingkindness cut off mine enemies,
And destroy all them that afflict my soul;
For I am thy servant.

10 See Psalm xl. 9. E. 295.
Here the land of uprightness stands for the church, in which is what is right and true, and because the spirit of Jehovah signifies the Divine truth, and every one thereby receives spiritual life, it is therefore said: thy spirit is good, lead me, and O, Jehovah, quicken me. E. 304.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)