Psalm 86:1
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English Standard Version
Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

King James Bible
A Prayer of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

American Standard Version
Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; For I am poor and needy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A prayer for David himself. Incline thy ear, O Lord, and hear me: for I am needy and poor.

English Revised Version
A Prayer Of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, and answer me; for I am poor and needy.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Prayer of David. Bow down thy ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

Psalm 86:1 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The prayer is followed by attention to the divine answer, and by the answer itself. The poet stirs himself up to give ear to the words of God, like Habakkuk, Habakkuk 2:1. Beside אשׁמעה we find the reading אשׁמעה, vid., on Psalm 39:13. The construction of האל ה is appositional, like המּלך דּוד, Ges. 113. כּי neither introduces the divine answer in express words, nor states the ground on which he hearkens, but rather supports the fact that God speaks from that which He has to speak. Peace is the substance of that which He speaks to His people, and that (the particularizing Waw) to His saints; but with the addition of an admonition. אל is dehortative. It is not to be assumed in connection with this ethical notion that the ah of לכסלה is the locative ah as in לשׁאולה, Psalm 9:18. כּסלה is related to כּסל like foolery to folly. The present misfortune, as is indicated here, is the merited consequence of foolish behaviour (playing the fool). In Psalm 85:10. the poet unfolds the promise of peace which he has heard, just as he has heard it. What is meant by ישׁעו is particularized first by the infinitive, and then in perfects of actual fact. The possessions that make a people truly happy and prosperous are mentioned under a charming allegory exactly after Isaiah's manner, Isaiah 32:16., Isaiah 45:8; Isaiah 59:14. The glory that has been far removed again takes up its abode in the land. Mercy or loving-kindness walks along the streets of Jerusalem, and there meets fidelity, like one guardian angel meeting the other. Righteousness and peace or prosperity, these two inseparable brothers, kiss each other there, and fall lovingly into each other's arms.

(Note: Concerning St. Bernard's beautiful parable of the reconciliation of the inviolability of divine threatening and of justice with mercy and peace in the work of redemption, which has grown out of this passage of the Psalms, Misericordia et veritas obviaverunt sibi, justitia et pax osculatae sunt, and has been transferred to the painting, poetry, and drama of the middle ages, vid., Piper's Evangelischer Kalender, 1859, S. 24-34, and the beautiful miniature representing the ἀσπασμός of δικαιοσύνη and εἰρήνη of a Greek Psalter, 1867, S. 63.)

Psalm 86:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A Prayer of David., or a prayer, being a Psalm of David. This Psalm is supposed to have been composed by David either when persecuted by Saul, or driven from Jerusalem by Absalom.

Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you.

Psalm 142:1 I cried to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD did I make my supplication.

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Psalm 31:2 Bow down your ear to me; deliver me speedily: be you my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me.

Isaiah 37:17 Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib...

Daniel 9:18 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by your name...

for I am

Psalm 10:14 You have seen it; for you behold mischief and spite, to requite it with your hand: the poor commits himself to you...

Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks on me: you are my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Psalm 72:12-14 For he shall deliver the needy when he cries; the poor also, and him that has no helper...

Psalm 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Psalm 119:22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept your testimonies.

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look...

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted...

James 1:9,10 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted...

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith...

Cross References
Psalm 17:6
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Psalm 31:2
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

Psalm 37:14
The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright;

Psalm 40:17
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Psalm 70:5
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!

Psalm 71:2
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me!

Psalm 88:2
Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!

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