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Psalm 86

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Psalm 86

Supplication for Help against Enemies

A Prayer of David.

1Incline thy ear, O Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

2Preserve my life, for I am godly;

save thy servant who trusts in thee.

Thou art my God; 3be gracious to me, O Lord,

for to thee do I cry all the day.

4Gladden the soul of thy servant,

for to thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee.

6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

hearken to my cry of supplication.

7In the day of my trouble I call on thee,

for thou dost answer me.

8There is none like thee among the gods, O Lord,

nor are there any works like thine.

9All the nations thou hast made shall come

and bow down before thee, O Lord,

and shall glorify thy name.

10For thou art great and doest wondrous things,

thou alone art God.

11Teach me thy way, O Lord,

that I may walk in thy truth;

unite my heart to fear thy name.

12I give thanks to thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,

and I will glorify thy name for ever.

13For great is thy steadfast love toward me;

thou hast delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14O God, insolent men have risen up against me;

a band of ruthless men seek my life,

and they do not set thee before them.

15But thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

16Turn to me and take pity on me;

give thy strength to thy servant,

and save the son of thy handmaid.

17Show me a sign of thy favor,

that those who hate me may see and be put to shame

because thou, Lord, hast helped me and comforted me.