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Psalm 86

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David strengthens his prayer by the consciousness of his religion;

A Prayer by David.

86:1 Hear, Yahweh, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.

86:2 Preserve my soul, for I am godly.
You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.

86:3 Be merciful to me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.

86:4 Bring joy to the soul of your servant,
for to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul.

by the goodness and power of God.

86:5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive;
abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.

86:6 Hear, Yahweh, my prayer.
Listen to the voice of my petitions.

86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call on you,
for you will answer me.

86:8 There is no one like you among the gods, Lord,
nor any deeds like your deeds.

86:9 All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord.
They shall glorify your name.

86:10 For you are great, and do wondrous things.
You are God alone.

He desires the continuance of former grace.

86:11 Teach me your way, Yahweh.
I will walk in your truth.
Make my heart undivided to fear your name.

86:12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole heart.
I will glorify your name forevermore.

86:13 For your loving kindness is great toward me.
You have delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol.

Complaining of the proud, he craves some token of God's goodness.

86:14 God, the proud have risen up against me.
A company of violent men have sought after my soul,
and they donít hold regard for you before them.

86:15 But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth.

86:16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me!
Give your strength to your servant.
Save the son of your handmaid.

86:17 Show me a sign of your goodness,
that those who hate me may see it, and be shamed,
because you, Yahweh, have helped me, and comforted me.

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