Psalms 86:3-5

3 have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Psalms 86:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
ESV
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
NLT
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly.
MSG
3 You're my God; have mercy on me. I count on you from morning to night.
CSB
3 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long.

Psalms 86:3-5 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 86

\\<>\\. 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.

Psalms 86:3-5 In-Context

1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;
3 have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 4:1; S Psalms 9:13; Psalms 57:1
  • 2. Psalms 88:9
  • 3. Psalms 25:1; Psalms 46:5; Psalms 143:8
  • 4. Exodus 34:6; Nehemiah 9:17; Psalms 103:8; Psalms 145:8; Joel 2:13; John 4:2
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