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Psalms 143:3


143:3 Certainly 1  my enemies 2  chase me.

They smash me into the ground. 3 

They force me to live 4  in dark regions, 5 

like those who have been dead for ages.

Psalms 143:7


143:7 Answer me quickly, Lord!

My strength is fading. 6 

Do not reject me, 7 

or I will join 8  those descending into the grave. 9 

1 tn Or “for.”

2 tn Heb “an enemy.” The singular is used in a representative sense to describe a typical member of the larger group of enemies (note the plural “enemies” in vv. 9, 12).

3 tn Heb “he crushes on the ground my life.”

4 tn Or “sit.”

5 sn Dark regions refers to Sheol, which the psalmist views as a dark place located deep in the ground (see Ps 88:6).

6 tn Heb “my spirit is failing.”

7 tn Heb “do not hide your face from me.” The idiom “hide the face” (1) can mean “ignore” (see Pss 10:11; 13:1; 51:9) or (2) can carry the stronger idea of “reject” (see Pss 30:7; 88:14).

8 tn Heb “I will be equal with.”

9 tn Heb “the pit.” The Hebrew noun בּוֹר (bor, “pit; cistern”) is sometimes used of the grave and/or the realm of the dead. See Ps 28:1.

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