Psalm 86
International Standard Version

A Davidic prayer

Help Us, God

1LORD, listen and answer me,

for I am afflicted and needy.

2Protect me, for I am faithful;a

My God, deliver your servant who trusts in you.

3Have mercy on me Lord,

for I call on you all day long.

4Your servant rejoices,

because, Lord, I set my hope onb you.

5Indeed you, Lord, are kind and forgiving,

overflowing with gracious love to everyone who calls on you.

6Hear my prayer, LORD;

attend to my prayer of supplication.

7In my troubled times I will call on you,

for you will answer me.

8No one can compare with you among the gods, Lord;

No one can accomplishc your work.

9All the nations that you have established will come

and worship you, my Lord.

They will honor your name.

10For you are great,

and you are doing awesome things;

you alone are God.

11Teach me your ways, LORD,

that I may walk in your truth;

let me wholeheartedlyd revere your name.

12I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole being;

and I will honor your name continuously.

13For great is your gracious love to me;

you’ve delivered me from the depths of Sheol.e

14God, arrogant men rise up against me,

while a company of ruthless individuals want to kill me.

They do not have regard for you.f

15But you, Lord, are a compassionate God,

merciful and patient,g

with unending gracious love and faithfulness.

16Return to me and have mercy on me;

clothe your servant with your strength

and deliver the son of your maid servant.

17Show me a sign of your goodness,

so that those who hate me will see it and be ashamed.

For you, LORD, will help and comfort me.


Footnotes:
a 86:2 Or righteous
b 86:4 Or I lift my soul to
c 86:8 The Heb. lacks can accomplish
d 86:11 Lit. my heart be undivided
e 86:13 i.e. the realm of the dead
f 86:14 Lit. don’t set you before them
g 86:15 Or slow to anger



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