Imprecatory Prayer
Bible Example #9 - Psalms 143
An imprecatory prayer to be freed from death-dealing enemies.

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Psalms 143


(1) Hear my prayer, O LORD, 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 shall no man living be justified.
(3) For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
(4) Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
(5) I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
(6) I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul [thirsteth] after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
(7) Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
(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 LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
(10) Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
(11) Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
(12) And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I [am] thy servant.











(12) In your kindness put an end to my foes; destroy all who attack me, for I am your servant. NAB
(12) "for I am your servant." That is the reason given for the call for protection. In marriage the husband promises to love honor and cherish. Cherish included protection. In return the wife promises to love honor and obey. Likewise, God promised Israel, "I will love honor and cherish. Israel promised to love honor and obey. That is the essence of the Old Covenant. In government, the king owes protection to those servants who obey. It is the ancient principle of Obedience and Protection When you obey God, in return He owes to you protection.

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