G1  K  1-6. Prayer.
     L  i  7-. "I will call".
         k  -7. Reason. "For".
          M  8-. Yahaveh incomparable.
          M  -8. His works incomparable.
     L  i  9. "All nations shall worship".
         k  10. Reason.
    K  11-17. Prayer.

(An Intercession [or Hymn] of David.)

(Cp. 72:20, referring to the whole Book II. The only Psalm in this the 3rd book ascribed to David. Refers to David's Son and Lord.)

Psalm 86)

1 Bow down Your ear, O LORD, answer me:
For I am helpless and needy.
2 Preserve my soul; for I am one whom You favor:
O You my God, save Your servant that confides in You.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord:
For I cry to You all day.
4 Rejoice the soul of Your servant:
For to You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive;
And plenteous in grace (or loving-kindness) to all them that call upon You.
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You:

For You will answer me.

8 Among the gods (or judges. See Ex. 21:6; 22:8,9) there is none likened to You, O Lord;

Neither are there any works likened to Your works.

9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord;
And shall glorify Your name. (Cp. Isa. 66:23.)

10 For You are great, and do wondrous things:
You art God alone.

86:11-17. PRAYER.
K  l  11,12. Prayer, and consequences.
    m  13. Plea. Goodness of God.
     n  14-. Man's wickedness. Man-ward.
     n  -14. Man's wickedness. God-ward.
    m  15. Plea.
   l  16,17. Prayer, and object.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth:
Unite my heart (or, "Let my heart rejoice") to revere Your name.
12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart:
And I will glorify Your name for evermore.

13 For great is Your mercy toward me:
And You hast delivered my soul from Sheol beneath. (Not the language of "Semitic heathenism", but the inspired revelation of Divine eschatology.)

14 O God, the proud are risen against me,
And the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul;

And have not set You before them.

15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
Long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. (Cp. Ex. 34:6.)

16 O turn to me, and show favor to (or be gracious to) me;
Give Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your handmaid.
17 Show me a token for good;
That they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed:
Because You, LORD, have helped me, and comforted me.

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