Psalm 86 is the 86th psalm of the Book of Psalms, subtitled "a prayer of David". In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 85 in a slightly different numbering system.
This psalm is entitled "a prayer of David;' probably it was not penned upon any particular occasion, but was a prayer he often used himself, and recommended to others for their use, especially in a day of affliction. Many think that David penned this prayer as a type of Christ, "who in the days of his flesh offered up strong cries," (Hebrews 5:7).
David, in this prayer (according to the nature of that duty):
- Gives glory to God (v. 8-10, 12, 13).
- Seeks for grace and favour from God, that God would hear his prayers (v. 1, 6, 7), preserve and save him, and be merciful to him (v. 2, 3, 16), that he would give him joy, and grace, and strength, and put honour upon him (v. 4, 11, 17). He pleads God's goodness (v. 5, 15) and the malice of his enemies (v. 14).
- Verse 5 is part of one of the intermediate paragraphs of Uva Letzion.
- Verse 8 is recited when opening the Hakafot on Simchat Torah.
- Verses 9-10 are part of Baruch Hashem L'Olam during Maariv.
- Psalms 86:1
- The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 157
- The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 759
- The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 265
- Kirkpatrick, A. F. (1901). The Book of Psalms: with Introduction and Notes. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Book IV and V: Psalms XC-CL. Cambridge: At the University Press. p. 839. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
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