Good News Translation (GNB)
142

A Prayer for HelpPs 142 Hebrew title: A poem by David, when he was in the cave; a prayer.
142 Title:
1 Sam 22.1
24.3

1421I call to the LORD for help;

I plead with him.

2I bring him all my complaints;

I tell him all my troubles.

3When I am ready to give up,

he knows what I should do.

In the path where I walk,

my enemies have hidden a trap for me.

4When I look beside me,

I see that there is no one to help me,

no one to protect me.

No one cares for me.

5LORD, I cry to you for help;

you, LORD, are my protector;

you are all I want in this life.

6Listen to my cry for help,

for I am sunk in despair.

Save me from my enemies;

they are too strong for me.

7Set me free from my distress;142.7 distress; or prison.

then in the assembly of your people I will praise you

because of your goodness to me.

143

A Prayer for HelpPs 143 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

1431LORD, hear my prayer!

In your righteousness listen to my plea;

answer me in your faithfulness!

2

143.2:
Rom 3.20
Gal 2.16
Don't put me, your servant, on trial;

no one is innocent in your sight.

3My enemies have hunted me down

and completely defeated me.

They have put me in a dark prison,

and I am like those who died long ago.

4So I am ready to give up;

I am in deep despair.

5I remember the days gone by;

I think about all that you have done,

I bring to mind all your deeds.

6I lift up my hands to you in prayer;

like dry ground my soul is thirsty for you.

7Answer me now, LORD!

I have lost all hope.

Don't hide yourself from me,

or I will be among those who go down to the world of the dead.

8Remind me each morning of your constant love,

for I put my trust in you.

My prayers go up to you;

show me the way I should go.

9I go to you for protection, LORD;

rescue me from my enemies.

10You are my God;

teach me to do your will.

Be good to me, and guide me on a safe path.

11Rescue me, LORD, as you have promised;

in your goodness save me from my troubles!

12Because of your love for me, kill my enemies

and destroy all my oppressors,

for I am your servant.

144

A King Thanks God for VictoryPs 144 Hebrew title: By David.

1441Praise the LORD, my protector!

He trains me for battle

and prepares me for war.

2He is my protector and defender,

my shelter and saviour,

in whom I trust for safety.

He subdues the nations under me.

3

144.3:
Job 7.17–18
Ps 8.4
LORD, what are mortals, that you notice them;

mere mortals, that you pay attention to them?

4They are like a puff of wind;

their days are like a passing shadow.

5O LORD, tear the sky apart and come down;

touch the mountains, and they will pour out smoke.

6Send flashes of lightning and scatter your enemies;

shoot your arrows and send them running.

7Reach down from above,

pull me out of the deep water, and rescue me;

save me from the power of foreigners,

8who never tell the truth

and lie even under oath.

9I will sing you a new song, O God;

I will play the harp and sing to you.

10You give victory to kings

and rescue your servant David.

11Save me from my cruel enemies;

rescue me from the power of foreigners,

who never tell the truth

and lie even under oath.

12May our sons in their youth

be like plants that grow up strong.

May our daughters be like stately pillars

which adorn the corners of a palace.

13May our barns be filled

with crops of every kind.

May the sheep in our fields

bear young by the tens of thousands.

14May our cattle reproduce plentifully

without miscarriage or loss.

May there be no cries of distress in our streets.

15Happy is the nation of whom this is true;

happy are the people whose God is the LORD!