Psalm 86

Words: The Scottish Psalter

Common Metre Tunes

A Prayer of David.

   1  O Lord, do thou bow down thine ear,
         and hear me graciously;
      Because I sore afflicted am,
         and am in poverty.
   2  Because I'm holy, let my soul
         by thee preserved be:
      O thou my God, thy servant save,
         that puts his trust in thee.
   3  Sith unto thee I daily cry,
         be merciful to me.
   4  Rejoice thy servant's soul; for, Lord,
         I lift my soul to thee.
   5  For thou art gracious, O Lord,
         and ready to forgive;
      And rich in mercy, all that call
         upon thee to relieve.
   6  Hear, Lord, my pray'r; unto the voice
         of my request attend:
   7  In troublous times I'll call on thee;
         for thou wilt answer send.
   8  Lord, there is none among the gods
         that may with thee compare;
      And like the works which thou hast done,
         not any work is there.
   9  All nations whom thou mad'st shall come
         and worship rev'rently
      Before thy face; and they, O Lord,
         thy name shall glorify.
  10  Because thou art exceeding great,
         and works by thee are done
      Which are to be admired; and thou
         art God thyself alone.
  11  Teach me thy way, and in thy truth,
         O Lord, then walk will I;
      Unite my heart, that I thy name
         may fear continually.
  12  O Lord my God, with all my heart
         to thee I will give praise;
      And I the glory will ascribe
         unto thy name always:
  13  Because thy mercy toward me
         in greatness doth excel;
      And thou delivered hast my soul
         out from the lowest hell.
  14  O God, the proud against me rise,
         and vi'lent men have met,
      That for my soul have sought; and thee
         before them have not set.
  15  But thou art full of pity, Lord,
         a God most gracious,
      Long-suffering, and in thy truth
         and mercy plenteous.
  16  O turn to me thy countenance,
         and mercy on me have;
      Thy servant strengthen, and the son
         of thine own handmaid save.
  17  Show me a sign for good, that they
         which do me hate may see,
      And be ashamed; because thou, Lord,
         didst help and comfort me.

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