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Psalm 85

Prayer for the Restoration of God’s Favor

To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

Lord, you were favorable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.(A)
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you pardoned all their sin. Selah(B)
You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?(C)
Will you not revive us again,
    so that your people may rejoice in you?(D)
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people,
    to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.[a](E)
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.(F)

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will kiss each other.(G)
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
    and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.(H)
13 Righteousness will go before him
    and will make a path for his steps.(I)

Psalm 86

Supplication for Help against Enemies

A Prayer of David.

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.(J)
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;(K) be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all day long.(L)
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.(M)
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.(N)
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my cry of supplication.(O)
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
    for you will answer me.(P)

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.(Q)
All the nations you have made shall come
    and bow down before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.(R)
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.(S)
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    give me an undivided heart to revere your name.(T)
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.(U)

14 O God, the insolent rise up against me;
    a band of ruffians seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.(V)
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.(W)
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant;
    save the child of your maidservant.(X)
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.(Y)

Psalm 87

The Joy of Living in Zion

Of the Korahites. A Psalm. A Song.

On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
    the Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the dwellings of Jacob.(Z)
Glorious things are spoken of you,
    O city of God. Selah(AA)

Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
    Philistia, too, and Tyre, with Cush—
    “This one was born there,” they say.

And of Zion it shall be said,
    “This one and that one were born in it,”
    for the Most High himself will establish it.(AB)
The Lord records, as he registers the peoples,
    “This one was born there.” Selah(AC)

Singers and dancers alike say,
    “All my springs are in you.”(AD)


  1. 85.8 Gk: Heb but let them not turn back to folly