A Psalm of Supplication and Trust.

A Prayer of David.

86 (A)Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me;
For I am (B)afflicted and needy.
(C)Preserve my [a]soul, for I am a (D)godly man;
O You my God, save Your servant who (E)trusts in You.
Be (F)gracious to me, O Lord,
For (G)to You I cry all day long.
Make glad the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, (H)I lift up my soul.
For You, Lord, are (I)good, and (J)ready to forgive,
And (K)abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
(L)Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And give heed to the voice of my supplications!
In (M)the day of my trouble I shall call upon You,
For (N)You will answer me.
There is (O)no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works (P)like Yours.
(Q)All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And they shall glorify Your name.
10 For You are (R)great and (S)do [b]wondrous deeds;
You alone (T)are God.

11 (U)Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
(V)Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12 I will (W)give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And will glorify Your name forever.
13 For Your lovingkindness toward me is great,
And You have (X)delivered my soul from the [c]depths of [d]Sheol.

14 O God, arrogant men have (Y)risen up against me,
And [e]a band of violent men have sought my [f]life,
And they have not set You before them.
15 But You, O Lord, are a God (Z)merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and [g]truth.
16 (AA)Turn to me, and be gracious to me;
Oh (AB)grant Your strength to Your servant,
And save the (AC)son of Your handmaid.
17 (AD)Show me a sign for good,
That those who hate me may (AE)see it and be ashamed,
Because You, O Lord, (AF)have helped me and comforted me.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 86:2 Or life
  2. Psalm 86:10 Or miracles
  3. Psalm 86:13 Lit lowest Sheol
  4. Psalm 86:13 I.e. the nether world
  5. Psalm 86:14 Or an assembly
  6. Psalm 86:14 Lit soul
  7. Psalm 86:15 Or faithfulness

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answer(A) me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.(B)
You are my God; have mercy(C) on me, Lord,
    for I call(D) to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust(E) in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love(F) to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry(G) for mercy.
When I am in distress,(H) I call(I) to you,
    because you answer(J) me.

Among the gods(K) there is none like you,(L) Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come(M) and worship(N) before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory(O) to your name.
10 For you are great(P) and do marvelous deeds;(Q)
    you alone(R) are God.

11 Teach me your way,(S) Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;(T)
give me an undivided(U) heart,
    that I may fear(V) your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;(W)
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me(X) from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.(Y)

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.(Z)
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious(AA) God,
    slow to anger,(AB) abounding(AC) in love and faithfulness.(AD)
16 Turn to me(AE) and have mercy(AF) on me;
    show your strength(AG) in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.(AH)
17 Give me a sign(AI) of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

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