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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.(A)
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;(B) be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all day long.(C)
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.(D)
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.(E)
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my cry of supplication.(F)
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
    for you will answer me.(G)

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.(H)
All the nations you have made shall come
    and bow down before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.(I)
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.(J)
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    give me an undivided heart to revere your name.(K)
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.(L)

14 O God, the insolent rise up against me;
    a band of ruffians seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.(M)
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.(N)
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant;
    save the child of your maidservant.(O)
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.(P)