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Ps 143:1-12. In structure and style, like the preceding (Psalms 104-142), this Psalm is clearly evinced to be David's. It is a prayer for pardon, and for relief from enemies; afflictions, as usual, producing confession and penitence.
2. enter . . . judgment--deal not in strict justice.
3, 4. The exciting reason for his prayer--his afflictions--led to
confession as just made: he now makes the complaint.
5, 6. The distress is aggravated by the contrast of former comfort
for whose return he longs.
7. spirit faileth--is exhausted.
9. (Compare Ps 31:15-20).
11. (Compare Ps 23:3; 119:156).