Psalm 86

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

for I am poor and in misery.

2    Preserve my soul, for I am faithful;  

save your servant, for I put my trust in you.

3    Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God;  

I call upon you all the day long.

4    Gladden the soul of your servant,  

for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5    For you, Lord, are good and forgiving,  

abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

6    Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer  

and listen to the voice of my supplication.

7    In the day of my distress I will call upon you,  

for you will answer me.

8    Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,  

nor any works like yours.

9    All nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord,  

and shall glorify your name.

10  For you are great and do wonderful things;  

you alone are God.

11  Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;  

knit my heart to you, that I may fear your name.

12  I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,  

and glorify your name for evermore;

13  For great is your steadfast love towards me,  

for you have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.

14  O God, the proud rise up against me

    and a ruthless horde seek after my life;  

they have not set you before their eyes.

15  But you, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion,  

slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.

16  Turn to me and have mercy upon me;  

give your strength to your servant

    and save the child of your handmaid.

17  Show me a token of your favour,

    that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;  

because you, O Lord, have helped and comforted me.


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