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Psalms 86

A prayer of David.

1 Hear, O Lord, and answer me,
     for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
     You are my God; save your servant
     who trusts in you.
3 Have mercy on me, O Lord,
     for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant,
     for to you, O Lord,
     I lift up my soul.
5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
     abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
     listen to my cry for mercy.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you,
     for you will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
     no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
     will come and worship before you, O 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, O Lord,
     and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
     that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, O 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 of the grave.(1)
14 The arrogant are attacking me, O God;
     a band of ruthless men seeks my life--
     men without regard for you.
15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
     slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
     grant your strength to your servant
     and save the son of your maidservant.(2)
17 Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.