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Psalm 86 Expanded Bible (EXB)

A Cry for Help

A prayer of David.

86 Lord, ·listen to me [L incline your ear] and answer me.
    I am poor and ·helpless [needy].
·Protect [Guard] me, because I ·worship you [am loyal/holy/a saint].
    My God, ·save me [give me victory], your servant who ·trusts [has confidence] in you.
Lord, ·have mercy on [be gracious to] me,
    because I have called to you all day.
Give ·happiness [joy] to me, your servant,
    because I ·give [lift up] my life to you, Lord.
Lord, you are ·kind [good] and forgiving
    and have great ·love [loyalty] for those who call to you [Ex. 34:7].
Lord, ·hear [L give ear to] my prayer,
    and ·listen [pay attention] ·when I ask for mercy [L to the sound of my supplication].
I call to you in ·times of trouble [L the day of my distress],
    because you will answer me.

Lord, there is ·no god like you [L none like you among the gods; Ex. 15:11; 20:3]
    and no works like yours.
Lord, all the nations you have made
    will come and ·worship [bow down before] you.
    They will ·honor you [L glorify your name].
10 You are great and you do ·miracles [wonderful acts].
    Only you are God.
11 Lord, teach me ·what you want me to do [L your way],
    and I will ·live [walk] ·by your truth [in your faithfulness].
·Teach me to respect you completely [L Give me an undivided heart to fear your name].
12 Lord, my God, I will ·praise [thank] you with all my heart,
    and I will ·honor [glorify] your name forever.
13 You have great ·love [loyalty] for me.
    You have ·saved [T delivered] me from ·death [L Sheol down below; C the grave or the underworld].

14 God, ·proud [arrogant] people ·are attacking [rise up against] me;
    a ·gang [assembly] of ·cruel [violent] people ·is trying to kill me [seek my life].
    They do not ·respect you [L set you before them].
15 But, Lord, you are a God who shows ·mercy [compassion] and is ·kind [merciful; compassionate].
    You ·don’t become angry quickly [are patient/longsuffering].
    You have great ·love [loyalty] and ·faithfulness [truth; Ex. 34:6–7].
16 Turn to me and ·have mercy [be gracious].
    Give me, your servant, strength.
    ·Save [Give victory to] me, the son of your female servant.
17 ·Show [L Give] me a sign of your goodness.
    When my enemies look, they will be ashamed.
You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Expanded Bible (EXB)

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Psalm 86 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 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.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

New International Version (NIV)

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