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Psalm 86

A Psalm of Supplication and Trust.

A Prayer of David.

1Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
For I am distressed and needy [I long for Your help].

Protect my life (soul), for I am godly and faithful;
O You my God, save Your servant, who trusts in You [believing in You and relying on You, confidently committing everything to You].

Be gracious and merciful to me, O Lord,
For to You I cry out all the day long.

Make Your servant rejoice,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul [all that I am—in prayer].

For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our sins, sending them away, completely letting them go forever and ever];
And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Hear, O Lord, my prayer;
And listen attentively to the voice of my supplications (specific requests)!

In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.

There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works [of wonder and majesty] like Yours.

All nations whom You have made shall come and kneel down in worship before You, O Lord,
And they shall glorify Your name.
10 
For You are great and do wondrous works!
You alone are God.

11 
Teach me Your way, O Lord,
I will walk and live in Your truth;
Direct my heart to fear Your name [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder].
12 
I will give thanks and praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
And will glorify Your name forevermore.
13 
For great is Your lovingkindness and graciousness toward me;
And You have rescued my life from the depths of Sheol [from death].

14 
O God, arrogant and insolent men have risen up against me;
A band of violent men have sought my life,
And they have not set You before them.
15 
But You, O Lord, are a God [who protects and is] merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.
16 
Turn to me, and be gracious to me;
Grant Your strength [Your might and the power to resist temptation] to Your servant,
And save the son of Your handmaid.
17 
Show me a sign of [Your] goodwill,
That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,
Because You, O Lord, helped and comforted me.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 86

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Lord, hear me and answer me.
    I am poor and needy.
Keep my life safe, because I am faithful to you.
    Save me, because I trust in you.
    You are my God.
Lord, have mercy on me.
    I call out to you all day long.
Bring joy to me.
    Lord, I put my trust in you.

Lord, you are forgiving and good.
    You are full of love for all who call out to you.
Lord, hear my prayer.
    Listen to my cry for mercy.
When I’m in trouble, I will call out to you.
    And you will answer me.

Lord, there’s no one like you among the gods.
    No one can do what you do.
Lord, all the nations you have made
    will come and worship you.
    They will bring glory to you.
10 You are great. You do wonderful things.
    You alone are God.

11 Lord, teach me how you want me to live.
    Do this so that I will depend on you, my faithful God.
Give me a heart that doesn’t want anything
    more than to worship you.
12 Lord my God, I will praise you with all my heart.
    I will bring glory to you forever.
13 Great is your love for me.
    You have kept me from going down into the place of the dead.

14 God, proud people are attacking me.
    A gang of mean people is trying to kill me.
    They don’t care about you.
15 But Lord, you are a God who is tender and kind.
    You are gracious.
You are slow to get angry.
    You are faithful and full of love.
16 Come to my aid and have mercy on me.
    Show your strength by helping me.
    Save me because I serve you just as my mother did.
17 Prove your goodness to me.
    Then my enemies will see it and be put to shame.
    Lord, you have helped me and given me comfort.