Psalm 27:7
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New International Version
Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.

New Living Translation
Hear me as I pray, O LORD. Be merciful and answer me!

English Standard Version
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!

New American Standard Bible
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.

King James Bible
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me.

International Standard Version
Hear my voice, LORD, when I cry out! Be gracious to me and answer me.

NET Bible
Hear me, O LORD, when I cry out! Have mercy on me and answer me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear my voice, Lord Jehovah, when I call you; show mercy upon me and answer me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud. Have pity on me, and answer me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me and answer me.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

American King James Version
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also on me, and answer me.

American Standard Version
Hear, O Jehovah, when I cry with my voice: Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear, Jehovah; with my voice do I call; be gracious unto me, and answer me.

English Revised Version
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

World English Bible
Hear, Yahweh, when I cry with my voice. Have mercy also on me, and answer me.

Young's Literal Translation
Hear, O Jehovah, my voice -- I call, And favour me, and answer me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, Seek ye my face; but we must apply it to ourselves, I will seek it. The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 7-14. - The strain now entirely changes. The rhythm alters from a jubilant double beat to a slow and mournful cadence. A cry is raised for mercy and pity - the wrath of God is deprecated - rejection and desertion are contemplated and prayed against (vers. 7-10). The danger from the enemy appears great and formidable (vers. 11, 12). With an effort of faith, the writer just saves himself from despair (ver. 14), and then, in brave words, braces himself up for further endurance. Verse 7. - Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. There is no "when" in the original. The clauses are short, and broken, "Hear, O Lord; with my voice I call; pity me, and answer me."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,.... Which is to be understood of prayer, and that in the time of distress; and of vocal prayer, as distinguished from mental prayer; and the phrase denotes the vehemency and intenseness of it: and the request is, that the Lord would hear it; not only as he is omniscient and omnipresent, and so hears the prayers of all, good and bad; but as a God gracious and merciful, who sometimes very quickly hears, and answers in a gracious way, and sometimes seems to turn a deaf car, to shut out the prayers of his people, and cover himself with a cloud, that they should not pass through, or, however, defers an answer to it for a little while; yet, sooner or later, he always shows himself a God hearing prayer;

have mercy also upon me; by delivering him out of his temporal distresses, and by forgiving his iniquities;

and answer me; by speaking a word in season; commanding off the affliction he lay under, and by saying to him that his sins were forgiven him.

The Treasury of David

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will Iseek.

9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

Psalm 27:7

"Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice." - The pendulum of spirituality swings from prayer to praise. The voice which in the last verse was tuned to music is here turned to crying. As a good soldier, David knew how to handle his weapons, and found himself much at home with the weapon of "all prayer." Note his anxiety to be heard. Pharisees care not a fig for the Lord's hearing them, so long as they are heard of men, or charm their own pride with their sounding devotions; but with a genuine man, the Lord's ear is everything. The voice may be profitably used even in private prayer; for though it is unnecessary, it is often helpful, and aids in preventing distractions. "Have mercy also upon me." Mercy is the hope of sinners and the refuge of saints. All acceptable petitioners dwell much upon this attribute. "And answer me." We may expect answers to prayer, and should not be easy without them any more than we should be if we had written a letter to a friend upon important business, and had received no reply.

Psalm 27:8

In this verse we are taught that if we would have the Lord hear our voice, we must be careful to respond to his voice. The true heart should echo the will of God as the rocks among the Alps repeat in sweetest music the notes of the peasant's horn. Observe, that the command was in the plural, to all the saints, "Seek ye;" but the man of God turned it into the singular by a personal application, "Thy face, Lord, will I seek." The voice of the Lord is very effectual where all other voices fail, "When thou saidst," then my "heart," my inmost nature was moved to an obedient reply. Note the promptness of the response - no sooner said than done; as soon as God said "seek," the heart said, "I will seek." Oh, for more of this holy readiness! Would to God that we were more plastic to the divine hand, more sensitive of the touch of God's Spirit.

Psalm 27:9

"Hide not thy face far from me." The word "far" is not in the original, and is a very superfluous addition of the translators, since even the least hiding of the Lord's face is a great affliction to a believer. The command to seek the Lord's face would be a painful one if the Lord, by withdrawing himself, rendered it impossible for the seeker to meet with him. A smile from the Lord is the greatest of comforts, his frown the worst of ills. "Put not thy servant away in anger." Other servants had been put away when they proved unfaithful, as for instance, his predecessor Saul; and this made David, while conscious of many faults, most anxious that divine long-suffering should continue him in favour. This is a most appropriate prayer for us under a similar sense of unworthiness. "Thou hast been my help." How truly can we join in this declaration; for many years, in circumstances of varied trial, we have been upheld by our God, and must and will confess our obligation. "Ingratitude," it is said, "is natural to fallen man," but to spiritual men it is unnatural and detestable. "Leave me not, neither forsake me." A prayer for the future, and an inference front the past. If the Lord had meant to leave us, why did he begin with us? Past help is but a waste of effort if the soul now be deserted. The first petition, "leave me not," may refer to temporary desertions, and the second word to the final withdrawal of grace, both are to be prayed against; and concerning the second, we have immutable promises to urge. "O God of my salvation." A sweet title worthy of much meditation.

Psalm 27:10


Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Still pressing need extorts prayer for help.

cry with my voice—denotes earnestness. Other things equal, Christians in earnest pray audibly, even in secret.

Psalm 27:7 Additional Commentaries
The Lord is My Salvation
6And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. 7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me. 8When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."…
Cross References
Psalm 4:3
Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

Psalm 13:3
Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,

Psalm 30:10
Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help."

Psalm 61:1
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David. Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also on me, and answer me.

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