Psalm 86 Revised Standard Version

A Prayer for God's Continued Mercy

86 1  A Prayer of David. Incline thy ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2  Preserve my life, for I am godly; save thy servant who trusts in thee. Thou art my God; 3  be gracious to me, O Lord, for to thee do I cry all the day. 4  Gladden the soul of thy servant, for to thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5  For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee. 6  Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; hearken to my cry of supplication. 7  In the day of my trouble I call on thee, for thou dost answer me.

8  There is none like thee among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like thine. 9  All the nations thou hast made shall come and bow down before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name. 10  For thou art great and doest wondrous things, thou alone art God. 11  Teach me thy way, O Lord, that I may walk in thy truth; unite my heart to fear thy name. 12  I give thanks to thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify thy name for ever. 13  For great is thy steadfast love toward me; thou hast delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 14  O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seek my life, and they do not set thee before them. 15  But thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 16  Turn to me and take pity on me; give thy strength to thy servant, and save the son of thy handmaid. 17  Show me a sign of thy favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because thou, Lord, hast helped me and comforted me.

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