Psalm 86
Good News Translation

A Prayer for Help+

1Listen to me, Lord, and answer me,

for I am helpless and weak.

2Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;

save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.

3You are my God, so be merciful to me;

I pray to you all day long.

4Make your servant glad, O Lord,

because my prayers go up to you.

5You are good to us and forgiving,

full of constant love for all who pray to you.

6Listen, Lord, to my prayer;

hear my cries for help.

7I call to you in times of trouble,

because you answer my prayers.

8There is no god like you, O Lord,

not one has done what you have done.

9 All the nations that you have created

will come and bow down to you;

they will praise your greatness.

10You are mighty and do wonderful things;

you alone are God.

11Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do,

and I will obey you faithfully;

teach me to serve you with complete devotion.

12I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God;

I will proclaim your greatness forever.

13How great is your constant love for me!

You have saved me from the grave itself.

14Proud people are coming against me, O God;

a cruel gang is trying to kill me—

people who pay no attention to you.

15But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God,

always patient, always kind and faithful.

16Turn to me and have mercy on me;

strengthen me and save me,

because I serve you just as my mother did.

17Show me proof of your goodness, Lord;

those who hate me will be ashamed

when they see that you have given me comfort and help.




Footnotes:

HEBREW TITLE: A prayer by David.


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