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Psalms 143:10-11


143:10 Teach me to do what pleases you, 1 

for you are my God.

May your kind presence 2 

lead me 3  into a level land. 4 

143:11 O Lord, for the sake of your reputation, 5  revive me! 6 

Because of your justice, rescue me from trouble! 7 

1 tn Or “your will.” See Ps 40:8.

2 tn Heb “your good spirit.” God’s “spirit” may refer here to his presence (see the note on the word “presence” in Ps 139:7) or to his personal Spirit (see Ps 51:10).

3 tn The prefixed verbal form is taken as a jussive. Taking the statement as a prayer fits well with the petitionary tone of vv. 7-10a.

4 sn A level land (where one can walk free of obstacles) here symbolizes divine blessing and protection. See Pss 26:12 and 27:11 for similar imagery.

5 tn Heb “name,” which here stands metonymically for God’s reputation.

6 tn The imperfect verbal forms in vv. 11-12a are understood as expressing the psalmist’s desire. Note the petitionary tone of vv. 7-10a.

7 tn Heb “by your justice bring out my life from trouble.”

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