Psalm 86

1 Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me;
For I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul; for I am godly:
O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

1 See Psalm ix. 19. R. 209.

See Psalm xl. 18. E. 238.

1-8. Prayer of the Lord to the Father for help in temptations. P. P.

3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord;
For unto thee do I cry all the day long.
4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant;
For unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in lovingkindness unto all them that call
upon thee.

2, 4, 16. See Psalm xxvii. 9. E. 409.

6 Give ear, O Jehovah, unto my prayer;
And hearken unto the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee;
For thou wilt answer me.
8 There is none like unto thee among the gods, O Lord;
Neither are there any works like unto thy works.
9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship
before thee, O Lord;
And they shall glorify thy name.

8 That it is so often said that Jehovah is above all gods, and that He is God of gods, is because at that time many gods were worshipped, and the nations were distinguished by the gods whom they worshipped. Each nation believed that its own god was the supreme of all. Because therefore the idea of a plurality of gods was seated in all minds, it was a matter of dispute which of them was the greater. A. 8301.

10 For thou art great, and doest wrondrous things:
Thou art God alone.
11 Teach me thy way, O Jehovah; I will walk in thy
Unite my heart to fear thy name.

11 To fear God signifies to love the things which are God’s, by doing them, and not being willing to do the things that are contrary to Him. R. 527.

By teaching the way is signified to teach truth. That the good of love must be conjoined with the truths of faith is signified by, unite my heart to the fear of thy name, the heart signifying the love, and fear the holy principle of faith, which must be united or to be together in worship. E. 696.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with my whole
And I will glorify thy name for evermore.
13 For great is thy lovingkindness toward me;
And thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol.

11, 12. because thus there will be worship of the Lord, and confession of Him. P. P.

14 O God, the proud are risen up against me,
And a company of violent men have sought after my
And have not set thee before them.
15 But thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and
16 Oh turn unto me, and have mercy upon me;
Give thy strength unto thy servant,
And save the son of thy handmaid.

13, 14. The hells are in insurrection. P. P.

15 See Psalm lxi. 8. A. 3122.
See Psalm xxv. 10. A. 6180.
See Psalm vi. 2. A. 8286.

15-17. By His help they will be overthrown. P. P.

17 Show me a token for good,
That they who hate me may see it, and be put to shame,
Because thou, Jehovah, hast helped me, and comforted

16 17. By mark was represented that they should distinguish the commandment respecting love above all the other commandments. A. 396.

17 Testifications that a thing is true are signified by signs. R. 598.

To make a sign for good signifies testification that Jehovah will help and console him. E. 706.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)