Psalm 143

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Psalm 143
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Beginning of Psalm 143 [Psalm 142 Septuagint] in the Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, ms.65, f.70v.
BookBook of Psalms
Hebrew Bible partKetuvim
Order in the Hebrew part1
CategorySifrei Emet
Christian Bible partOld Testament
Order in the Christian part19

Psalm 143 is the 143rd psalm of the biblical Book of Psalms in the Masoretic and modern numbering. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate/Vulgata Clementina, this psalm is Psalm 142 in a slightly different numbering system. It is one of the Penitential Psalms.



Verse 2 is found in the repetition of the Amidah during Rosh Hashanah.[1]

New Testament[edit]

Catholic Church[edit]

In the tradition, this psalm was selected by St. Benedict of Nursia from 530. According to the rule of St. Benedict, must Psalm 142 (143) is sung as a result of Psalm 51 at the Office for Lauds Saturday (Chapter XIII).[3] Nowadays, a number of monasteries still preserve this tradition.[4]

Psalm 143 is currently the fourth Thursday[5] prayer at Lauds in the Liturgy of the Hours and every Tuesday night at compline.


This psalm is a prayer request. The Psalmist's cry is divided into four stages: the psalmist is sorry and is not better than another; it is at an impasse; but he sees that the Lord has saved other men; so he puts his trust in the Lord. The psalm evokes the problem of a prayer request from the sinner, the one that persecutes the enemy. The solid base that helps the psalmist hope in the LORD is his reminiscence of the past, to verse 5: He sees the action of the Lord in his life. Another element comes in: to be adjusted to the will of the Lord, as the psalmist asks in verse 10. Verse 8 goes in the same direction. At the loyalty of the Lord must be unwavering devotion of the Psalmist, that his prayer is answered.


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, p. 367[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Kirkpatrick, A. F. (1901). The Book of Psalms: with Introduction and Notes. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Book IV and V: Psalms XC-CL. Cambridge: At the University Press. p. 840. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Traduction par Prosper Guéranger, p. 41, Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, réimpression 2007
  4. ^ Psautier latin-français du bréviaire monastique
  5. ^ The main cycle of liturgical prayers takes place over four weeks.

External links[edit]

  • Psalm 143 in Hebrew and English – Mechon-mamre
  • Psalm 143 King James Bible – Wikisource