1 {A Prayer of David.} Incline thine ear, Jehovah, answer me; for I am afflicted and needy.
2 Keep my soul, for I am godly; O thou my God, save thy servant who confideth in thee.

References for Psalms 86:2

    • a 86:2 - Or 'pious,' 'holy,' chasid, one who is the object of God's loving-kindness (chesed): see ver. 13 and Ps. 85.7,10, and Note to Ps. 4.3; and, by way of contrast, Ps. 43.1.
      3 Be gracious unto me, O Lord; for unto thee do I call all the day.
      4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant; for unto thee, Lord, do I lift up my soul.
      5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and art of great loving-kindness unto all that call upon thee.

      References for Psalms 86:5

        • b 86:5 - Lit. 'forgiving.'
          6 Give ear, O Jehovah, unto my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplications.
          7 In the day of my distress I will call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me.
          8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, Lord, and there is nothing like unto thy works.
          9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name.
          10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God, thou alone.
          11 Teach me thy way, Jehovah; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
          12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart; and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

          References for Psalms 86:12

            • c 86:12 - Or 'thank;' and so Ps. 88.10.
              13 For great is thy loving-kindness toward me, and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol.
              14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assembly of the violent seek after my soul, and they have not set thee before them.
              15 But thou, Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in goodness and truth.

              References for Psalms 86:15

                • d 86:15 - Or 'loving-kindness,' chesed, as in vers. 5,13, and Ps. 103.8: see Ex. 34.6.
                  16 Turn toward me, and be gracious unto me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
                  17 Shew me a token for good, that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed; for thou, Jehovah, hast helped me and comforted me.