Psalms 86:14-16

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me— they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.

Psalms 86:14-16 Meaning and Commentary


\\<>\\. The title is the same with the Seventeenth Psalm, and the subject of it is much alike: it was written by David, when in distress, and his life was sought after; very likely when he was persecuted by Saul, and fled from him; so Aben Ezra, Jarchi, and Kimchi: and as he was a type of Christ in his afflictions, as well as in his exalted state, it may not be unfitly applied to him, as it is by some interpreters. The Syriac inscription of it is, ``for David, when he built an house for the Lord; and a prophecy of the calling of the Gentiles; and moreover, a prayer of a peculiar righteous man.'' Theodoret thinks it predicts the siege of Jerusalem by the Assyrians, and Hezekiah's hope in God.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Psalms 54:3
  • 2. S Psalms 51:1; Psalms 103:8; Psalms 111:4; Psalms 116:5; Psalms 145:8
  • 3. Numbers 14:18
  • 4. ver 5
  • 5. S Exodus 34:6; S Nehemiah 9:17; Joel 2:13
  • 6. S Psalms 6:4
  • 7. S Psalms 9:13
  • 8. Psalms 18:1
  • 9. Psalms 116:16
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