861Listen to me, LORD, and answer me,
for I am helpless and weak.
2Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;
save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.
3You are my God, so be merciful to me;
I pray to you all day long.
4Make your servant glad, O Lord,
because my prayers go up to you.
5You are good to us and forgiving,
full of constant love for all who pray to you.
6Listen, LORD, to my prayer;
hear my cries for help.
7I call to you in times of trouble,
because you answer my prayers.
8There is no god like you, O Lord,
not one has done what you have done.
All the nations that you have created
will come and bow down to you;
they will praise your greatness.
10You are mighty and do wonderful things;
you alone are God.
11Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do,
and I will obey you faithfully;
teach me to serve you with complete devotion.
12I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God;
I will proclaim your greatness for ever.
13How great is your constant love for me!
You have saved me from the grave itself.
14The proud are coming against me, O God;
a cruel gang is trying to kill me —
people who pay no attention to you.
15But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God,
always patient, always kind and faithful.
16Turn to me and have mercy on me;
strengthen me and save me,
because I serve you, just as my mother did.
17Show me proof of your goodness, LORD;
those who hate me will be ashamed
when they see that you have given me comfort and help.
871The LORD built his city on the sacred hill;87.1 sacred hill: See 2.6.
2more than any other place in Israel
he loves the city of Jerusalem.
3Listen, city of God,
to the wonderful things he says about you:
4“I will include Egypt and Babylonia
when I list the nations that obey me;
I will number among the inhabitants of Jerusalem
the people of Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia87.4 Ethiopia: See Word List..”
5Of Zion it will be said
that all nations belong there
and that the Almighty will make her strong.
6The LORD will write a list of the peoples
and include them all as citizens of Jerusalem.
7They dance and sing,
“In Zion is the source of all our blessings.”
881LORD God, my saviour, I cry out all day,
and at night I come before you.
2Hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help!
3So many troubles have fallen on me
that I am close to death.
4I am like all others who are about to die;
all my strength is gone.88.4 all my strength is gone; or there is no help for me.
5I am abandoned among the dead;
I am like the slain lying in their graves,
those you have forgotten completely,
who are beyond your help.
6You have thrown me into the depths of the tomb,
into the darkest and deepest pit.
7Your anger lies heavy on me,
and I am crushed beneath its waves.
8You have caused my friends to abandon me;
you have made me repulsive to them.
I am closed in and cannot escape;
9my eyes are weak from suffering.
LORD, every day I call to you
and lift my hands to you in prayer.
10Do you perform miracles for the dead?
Do they rise up and praise you?
11Is your constant love spoken of in the grave
or your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12Are your miracles seen in that place of darkness
or your goodness in the land of the forgotten?
13LORD, I call to you for help;
every morning I pray to you.
14Why do you reject me, LORD?
Why do you turn away from me?
15Ever since I was young, I have suffered and been near death;
I am worn out88.15 Probable text I am worn out; Hebrew unclear. from the burden of your punishments.
16Your furious anger crushes me;
your terrible attacks destroy me.
17All day long they surround me like a flood;
they close in on me from every side.
18You have made even my closest friends abandon me,
and darkness is my only companion.