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Psalm 86

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

1Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

2Preserve my life, for I am godly;

save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

3Be gracious to me, O Lord,

for to you do I cry all the day.

4Gladden the soul of your servant,

for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

listen to my plea for grace.

7In the day of my trouble I call upon you,

for you answer me.

8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,

nor are there any works like yours.

9All the nations you have made shall come

and worship before you, O Lord,

and shall glorify your name.

10For you are great and do wondrous things;

you alone are God.

11Teach me your way, O Lord,

that I may walk in your truth;

unite my heart to fear your name.

12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,

and I will glorify your name forever.

13For great is your steadfast love toward me;

you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14O God, insolent men have risen up against me;

a band of ruthless men seeks my life,

and they do not set you before them.

15But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

16Turn to me and be gracious to me;

give your strength to your servant,

and save the son of your maidservant.

17Show me a sign of your favor,

that those who hate me may see and be put to shame

because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 87

Glorious Things of You Are Spoken

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song.

1On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

2the Lord loves the gates of Zion

more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.

3Glorious things of you are spoken,

O city of God. Selah

4Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;

behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush1

“This one was born there,” they say.

5And of Zion it shall be said,

“This one and that one were born in her”;

for the Most High himself will establish her.

6The Lord records as he registers the peoples,

“This one was born there.” Selah

7Singers and dancers alike say,

“All my springs are in you.”

Footnotes

  • 1 87:4 Probably Nubia