Psalm 86:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.

New Living Translation
Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant.

English Standard Version
Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant.

New American Standard Bible
Turn to me, and be gracious to me; Oh grant Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your handmaid.

King James Bible
O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Turn to me and be gracious to me. Give Your strength to Your servant; save the son of Your female servant.

International Standard Version
Return to me and have mercy on me; clothe your servant with your strength and deliver the son of your maid servant.

NET Bible
Turn toward me and have mercy on me! Give your servant your strength! Deliver your slave!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Return to me and show mercy to me; give power to your Servant and save the son of your maid Servant!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Turn toward me, and have pity on me. Give me your strength because I am your servant. Save me because I am the son of your female servant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O look into me and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy slave and keep the son of thine handmaid.

King James 2000 Bible
O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give your strength unto your servant, and save the son of your handmaid.

American King James Version
O turn to me, and have mercy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your handmaid.

American Standard Version
Oh turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; Give thy strength unto thy servant, And save the son of thy handmaid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O look upon me, and have mercy on me: give thy command to thy servant, and save the son of thy handmaid.

Darby Bible Translation
Turn toward me, and be gracious unto me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

English Revised Version
O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

Webster's Bible Translation
O turn to me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength to thy servant, and save the son of thy handmaid.

World English Bible
Turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give your strength to your servant. Save the son of your handmaid.

Young's Literal Translation
Look unto me, and favour me, Give Thy strength to Thy servant, And give salvation to a son of Thine handmaid.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

86:8-17 Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love. Christ is the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth of God, in order to walk therein, than to be delivered out of earthly distress. Those who set not the Lord before them, seek after believers' souls; but the compassion, mercy, and truth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. And those whose parents were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as a plea why he should hear and help them. In considering David's experience, and that of the believer, we must not lose sight of Him, who though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Oh turn unto me, and have mercy upon me. God had for a time turned his face away from his servant; now he is entreated to turn it towards him, and, as a consequence, to "have mercy upon him" and deliver him. Give thy strength unto thy servant. Only in God's strength can we effectually contend against either our spiritual or our temporal foes. If, however, we ask him for strength, his strength will be "sufficient for us" (2 Corinthians 12:9). And save the son of thine handmaid. Either "the son of one who was specially religious," like the mother of Timothy (2 Timothy 1:5). or" the son of an Israelitish mother," therefore born and bred up in thy household.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me,.... For it seems the Lord had turned away from him, and had hid his face, and withheld the manifestation of his grace and mercy from him, and had not yielded him the help and assistance he expected; and therefore entreats that he would turn again to him, and show him his face and favour, and be merciful to him:

give thy strength unto thy servant; spiritual strength, strength in his soul, to exercise grace, perform duty, bear the cross, and stand up against all enemies, and hold out to the end: this is God's gift; and the psalmist pleads his relation to him as his servant, not merely by creation, but by grace; this is interpreted by the Jews of the King Messiah (u):

and save the son of thine handmaid; out of the hands of those that were risen up against him; see Psalm 119:94. Some think this has a special reference to Christ, who was made of a woman, called an handmaid, Luke 1:48, born of a virgin, the son of Mary: Arama says David uses the word "handmaid", because he sprung from Ruth the Moabitess.

(u) Zohar in Gen. fol. 58. 4. & 59. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. son … handmaid—homeborn servant (compare Lu 15:17).

Psalm 86:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hear, O Lord, for I am Poor and Needy
15But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth. 16Turn to me, and be gracious to me; Oh grant Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your handmaid. 17Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
Cross References
Numbers 6:25
the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

Psalm 25:16
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

Psalm 68:35
You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

Psalm 69:16
Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.

Psalm 116:16
Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.
Treasury of Scripture

O turn to me, and have mercy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your handmaid.

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Psalm 25:16 Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

Psalm 69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for your loving kindness is good: turn to me according …

Psalm 90:13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent you concerning your servants.

Psalm 119:132 Look you on me, and be merciful to me, as you use to do to those …

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Psalm 28:7,8 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and …

Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the …

Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried you answered me, and strengthened me with …

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and …

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to …

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

Psalm 116:16 O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, and the son of …

Psalm 119:94 I am yours, save me: for I have sought your precepts.

Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according …

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