Of David. When his son Absalom pursued him.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear unto my supplication in Thy truth; hearken unto me in Thy righteousness.
And enter not into judgment with Thy servant; for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath brought my life down to the ground.
He hath sat me in darkness, as those that have been long dead; and my spirit is faint within me, my heart within me is troubled.
I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all Thy works, I mused on the works of Thy hands.
I stretched forth my hands unto Thee; my soul thirsteth after Thee as a thirsty land.
Hear me speedily, O Lord; my spirit waxeth faint.
Turn not away Thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Thy mercy in the morning, for in Thee do I hope.
Cause me to know, O Lord, the way wherein I should walk, for I lifted up my soul unto Thee.
Rescue me, O Lord, from mine enemies; have I fled unto Thee for refuge. Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.
Thy good Spirit shall lead me into the land of uprightness; quicken me, O Lord, for Thy name’s sake.
In Thy righteousness Thou shalt bring my soul out of trouble, and in Thy mercy Thou shalt destroy my enemies.
And Thou shalt destroy all them that afflict my soul, for I am Thy servant.