Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

August 18 - NT, Psalms & Proverbs


Psalms 86-88

Chapter 86

A Psalm of Supplication and Trust.

A Prayer of David.

1 (a)Incline Your ear, O Lord , and answer me;
For I am (b)afflicted and needy.
2 (c)Preserve my [a]soul, for I am a (d)godly man;
O You my God, save Your servant who (e)trusts in You.
3 Be (f)gracious to me, O Lord,
For (g)to You I cry all day long.
4 Make glad the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, (h)I lift up my soul.
5 For You, Lord, are (i)good, and (j)ready to forgive,
And (k)abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
6 (l)Give ear, O Lord , to my prayer;
And give heed to the voice of my supplications!
7 In (m)the day of my trouble I shall call upon You,
For (n)You will answer me.
8 There is (o)no one like You among the gods, O Lord,
Nor are there any works (p)like Yours.
9 (q)All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And they shall glorify Your name.
10 For You are (r)great and (s)do [b]wondrous deeds;
You alone (t)are God.

11 (u)Teach me Your way, O Lord ;
I will walk in Your truth;
(v)Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12 I will (w)give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And will glorify Your name forever.
13 For Your lovingkindness toward me is great,
And You have (x)delivered my soul from the [c]depths of [d]Sheol.

14 O God, arrogant men have (y)risen up against me,
And [e]a band of violent men have sought my [f]life,
And they have not set You before them.
15 But You, O Lord, are a God (z)merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and [g]truth.
16 (aa)Turn to me, and be gracious to me;
Oh (ab)grant Your strength to Your servant,
And save the (ac)son of Your handmaid.
17 (ad)Show me a sign for good,
That those who hate me may (ae)see it and be ashamed,
Because You, O Lord , (af)have helped me and comforted me.

Chapter 87

The Privileges of Citizenship in Zion.

A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.

1 His (a)foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord (b)loves the gates of Zion
More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
3 (c)Glorious things are spoken of you,
O (d)city of God. [a]Selah.
4 "I shall mention [b](e)Rahab and Babylon [c]among those who know Me;
Behold, Philistia and (f)Tyre with [d](g)Ethiopia:
‘This one was born there.'"
5 But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born in her";
And the Most High Himself will (h)establish her.
6 The Lord will count when He (i)registers the peoples,
"This one was born there." Selah.
7 Then those who (j)sing as well as those who [e](k)play the flutes shall say,
"All my (l)springs of joy are in you."

Chapter 88

A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A [a]Maskil of Heman [b]the Ezrahite.

1 O Lord , the (a)God of my salvation,
I have (b)cried out by day and in the night before You.
2 Let my prayer (c)come before You;
(d)Incline Your ear to my cry!
3 For my (e)soul has [c]had enough troubles,
And (f)my life has drawn near to [d]Sheol.
4 I am reckoned among those who (g)go down to the pit;
I have become like a man (h)without strength,
5 [e]Forsaken (i)among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom You remember no more,
And they are (j)cut off from Your hand.
6 You have put me in (k)the lowest pit,
In (l)dark places, in the (m)depths.
7 Your wrath (n)has rested upon me,
And You have afflicted me with (o)all Your waves. [f]Selah.
8 You have removed (p)my acquaintances far from me;
You have made me an [g](q)object of loathing to them;
I am (r)shut up and cannot go out.
9 My (s)eye has wasted away because of affliction;
I have (t)called upon You every day, O Lord ;
I have (u)spread out my [h]hands to You.

10 Will You perform wonders for the dead?
Will (v)the [i]departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in [j]Abaddon?
12 Will Your wonders be made known in the (w)darkness?
And Your [k]righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But I, O Lord , have cried out (x)to You for help,
And (y)in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14 O Lord , why (z)do You reject my soul?
Why do You (aa)hide Your face from me?
15 I was afflicted and (ab)about to die from my youth on;
I suffer (ac)Your terrors; I am [l]overcome.
16 Your (ad)burning anger has passed over me;
Your terrors have [m](ae)destroyed me.
17 They have (af)surrounded me (ag)like water all day long;
They have (ah)encompassed me altogether.
18 You have removed (ai)lover and friend far from me;
My acquaintances are in darkness.

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