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Psalms 86:1

    Psalms 86:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Bow down your ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; For I am poor and needy.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <A Prayer. Of David.> Let your ears be open to my voice, O Lord, and give me an answer; for I am poor and in need.

    Webster's Revision

    Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; For I am poor and needy.

    World English Bible

    Hear, Yahweh, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A Prayer Of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, and answer me; for I am poor and needy.

    Definitions for Psalms 86:1

    Ear - To work, till, or plough the ground.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 86:1

    Bow down thine ear - Spoken after the manner of men: I am so low, and so weak, that, unless thou stoop to me, my voice cannot reach thee.

    Poor and needy - I am afflicted, and destitute of the necessaries of life.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 86:1

    Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me - See the notes at Psalm 5:1.

    For I am poor and needy - This is the reason here assigned why God should hear him. It is not a plea of merit. It is not that there was any claim on God in the fact that he was a poor and needy man - a sinner helpless and dependent, or that it would be any injustice if God should not hear, for a sinner has no claim to favor; but it is that this was a condition in which the aid of God was needed, and in which it was proper or appropriate for God to hear prayer, and to render help. We may always make our helplessness, our weakness, our poverty, our need, a ground of appeal to God; not as a claim of justice, but as a case in which he will glorify himself by a gracious interposition. It is also to be remarked that it is a matter of unspeakable thankfulness that the "poor and needy" may call upon God; that they will be as welcome as any class of people; that there is no condition of poverty and want so low that we are debarred from the privilege of approaching One who has infinite resources, and who is as willing to help as he is able.