Psalms 86

Lament and Petition

1A Davidic prayer.

Listen, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy. a
2 Protect my life, for I am faithful. b
You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You. c
3 Be gracious to me, Lord,
for I call to You all day long. d
4 Bring joy to Your servant’s life,
because I turn to You, Lord. e

5 For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, f
rich in faithful love to all who call on You. g
6 Lord, hear my prayer;
listen to my plea for mercy. h
7 I call on You in the day of my distress,
for You will answer me. i

8 Lord, there is no one like You among the gods,
and there are no works like Yours. j
9 All the nations You have made
will come and bow down before You, Lord,
and will honor Your name. k
10 For You are great and perform wonders;
You alone are God. l

11 Teach me Your way,
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
and I will live by Your truth.
Give me an undivided mind to
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear Your name. o
12 I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God,
and will honor Your name forever. p
13 For Your faithful love for me is great,
and You deliver my life from the depths of
Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the dead
Sheol. r

14 God, arrogant people have attacked me;
a gang of ruthless men seeks my life.
They have no regard for You. s
15 But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth. t
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me.
Give Your strength to Your servant;
save the son of Your female servant. u
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. v
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