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Psalm 86 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 86

Guard My Life

A prayer by David.

David’s Need and David’s Faith

Turn your ear, O Lord.
Answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am favored by you.[a]
You are my God.
Save your servant, who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

God’s Grace

Indeed, you, Lord, are good and forgiving
and abounding in mercy to all who call to you.
Give ear to my prayer, O Lord.
Pay attention to the sound of my cries for mercy.

God’s Ruling Power

In the day of my distress I will call to you,
    because you will answer me.
There is no one like you among the gods, O Lord.
There are no deeds like your deeds.
All the nations you have made will come.
They will bow before you, O Lord,
and they will give glory to your name,
10 because you are great and do marvelous deeds.
You alone are God.

God’s Praise

11 Teach me your way, O Lord.
I will walk in your truth.
Give me wholehearted commitment to fear your name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your mercy toward me,
and you have delivered my soul from “the lowest hell.”[b]

The Plea Repeated

14 God, the arrogant rise against me.
A mob of ruthless men seeks my life.
They pay no attention to you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant.
Save the son of your maidservant.
17 Give a sign of your goodness for me.
Then those who hate me will see it and be put to shame,
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


  1. Psalm 86:2 Or I am loyal to you
  2. Psalm 86:13 Or have delivered my life from the depths of the grave
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.


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