King James Version

Psalm 86

1Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, 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.