I muse on the work of Your hands. God's righteousness, Ps. 89:1; 98:2; 106:8; 145:12; Isa. 143:12a 143:11 "For the sake of Your Name" See Special Topic: "The Name" of YHWH. Used by permission. You must not relinquish this to a commentator. LXX, Vulgate"to You I flee". For You are my God; This verb is used with, 1. spirit (ruah) - Ps. 6I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. LXX"quicken me", The verb (BDB 310, KB 309, Piel imperfect) is the common term "life" (noun), "live" (verb), "alive," or "living" (adjective). All rights reserved. As is obvious from the English translations there are two theological issues. 7Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Since all humans are sinful, on what basis does the psalmist ask for God to hear and help him? 143:5, c. made him dwell in dark places, Ps. 141:2b. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. There are several imperatives and jussives of request. 3. do not exile into judgment, Ps. Job 10:21; Ps. 143:2a, 10. let Your good Spirit lead me, Ps. 6I stretch out my hands to You; And destroy all those who afflict my soul, 9Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; NJB"your generous spirit" 10:11; 13:1; 27:9; 30:7; 51:9; 69:17; 88:14; 102:2). The same thought is repeated in Ps. 143:2), but on. We are what we think about. 51:11; Isa. God's good name, Ps. REB"with you I seek refuge" He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead. 63:10-11), 2. the definition of "good" (BDB 373 III), which is a common verb with a wide semantic field; the general sense is, b. There are two good options. 48:17; Jer. 8:46; Job 4:17; 9:2; 25:4; Ps. 12In your steadfast love cut off my enemies, and destroy all my adversaries, for I am your servant. You, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit are priority in interpretation. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. 7Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land, so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol. 12:16) from the "teach" of Ps. 143:5 "days of old" This noun (BDB 869) can mean "ancient" or "before time" (cf. JPSOA, REB"Your gracious spirit" Notice that remembering YHWH's acts and worship gives hope in current circumstances! 11:17,25,29; Ps. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 143:5-6 | Home ... NRSV, LXX "Your good spirit" NJB "your generous spirit" JPSOA, REB "Your gracious spirit" Peshitta "Your gentle spirit" As is obvious from the English translations there are two theological issues. There are three people characterized in this Psalm. 142:4). 9Save me, O Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge. 143:6 "I stretch out my hands to You" See note at Ps. 143:10c and 11a the parallel phrases (i.e., "Your good Spirit" and "Your Name") also characterize YHWH, c. he remembers God's past acts, Ps. 143:3 "the enemy" Note this (Qal participle) is linked to singular verbs. ▣ "hide Your face from me" This is idiomatic, anthropomorphic language of (1) God being silent and not responding to the psalmist's prayers or (2) God rejecting the psalmist; only context or parallelism can determine (cf. This is a study guide commentary which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. v 2.5.1 NASB, NKJV, Ps. 8Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; 143:11b. 3 For the enemy has pursued me, crushing my life to the ground, making me sit in darkness like those long dead. 143:5-6 This describes the actions of the psalmist. Ps. NJB"since in you I find protection" It expresses a sense of hopeless helplessness (cf. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22), Jacob: When God Turns Darkness into Dawn (Expository Sermons On O.T. They are meant to be thought provoking, not definitive. .heart" Both of these refer to the person. 143:7b; Ps. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 143:7-9 1. how to view "spirit" a. imagery of God's agency (i.e., Gen. 1:2; Num. 4. 143:5a, 2. he continues to meditate on God's actions, Ps. Psalm 143 A psalm of David. 143:5c, cf. Prayer for Deliverance from EnemiesA Psalm of David. making me sit in darkness like those long dead. 33:27; Pro. 143:2 If YHWH counts sin(s), who can stand? 143 Hear my prayer, Lord, Listen to my pleadings! Read the chapter in one sitting. Bob was born in 1947 in Houston, Texas. 143:4 "spirit. 5I remember the days of old; … JPSOA"to You I look for cover" 2 Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. 143:8d "to You I lift up my soul" This could be imagery, used only three times with YHWH as the object (cf. Also note the sovereign God must reveal His will but humans must choose to act (and continue to act) on this revelation. 3Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. 80:3,17,19. These are the focus of faithful followers' thoughts. Some rabbis assert that sin begins in Genesis 3 but most in Genesis 6. Selah. Compare your subject divisions with the five translations above. Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 143, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. I take refuge in You. 2:5), b. as a characterization of God Himself (cf. I meditate on all Your doings; Selah. The covenant involves both God and humans! In your steadfast love cut off my enemies, Learn More About New Revised Standard Version. 42:3; in the NT also, i.e., Rom. 143:3c. 9Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me, and from the snares of evildoers. 4Do not turn my heart to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with those who work iniquity; do not let me eat of their delicacies. 1. he remembers God's gracious acts of deliverance in the past, Ps. 5I remember the days of old, I think about all your deeds, I meditate on the works of your hands. 139:7; Hag. Each of us must walk in the light we have. TEV, REB"revive me" 1:1; Pro. This is the goal of Gen. 1:26-27. for no one living is righteous before you. Ps. For #1 please look at Special Topic: The Personhood of the Spirit and SPECIAL TOPIC: THE TRINITY. 5Let the righteous strike me; let the faithful correct me. Ps. 143:5, when the psalmist reflects on YHWH's wonderful, gracious acts in the past (i.e., creation, call of the Patriarchs, Israel becoming a nation and occupying the land of promise, etc.). 1 Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. NJB"give me life" ▣ "soul" This is the Hebrew term nephesh. 143:2b The UBS Handbook (p. 1151) mentions that this line of poetry, as translated by the LXX, may be alluded to by Paul in Rom. ▣ "level ground" The OT uses the imagery of a path/road/way to describe one's life (cf. 42:2; 63:1; 84:2). 7Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails; Do not hide your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. Our prayers and our acts reveal the true nature of each person. 20:9; Eccl. 2 Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. Hear my prayer, O Lord;give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;answer me in your righteousness.