Psalms 86

Lament and Petition


A Davidic prayer.

1 Listen, Lord, and answer me,[a] for I am poor and needy.
2 Protect my life, for I am faithful.[b] You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You.
3 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long.[c]
4 Bring joy to Your servant's life,[d] since I set my hope on You, Lord.[e]
5 For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, abundant in faithful love[f] to all who call on You.
6 Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy.
7 I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me.[g]
8 Lord, there is no one like You among the gods, and there are no works like Yours.[h]
9 All the nations You have made will come and bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name.[i]
10 For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God.[j]
11 Teach me Your way, Lord, and I will live by Your truth.[k] Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.[l]
12 I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever.
13 For Your faithful love for me is great,[m] and You deliver my life from the depths of Sheol.[n]
14 God, arrogant people have attacked me; a gang of ruthless men seeks my life.[o] They have no regard for You.
15 But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abundant in faithful love and truth.[p]
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me. Give Your strength to Your servant; save the son of Your female servant.
17 Show me a sign of Your goodness; my enemies will see and be put to shame because You, Lord, have helped and comforted me.

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