1Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.2Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;3have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.4Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.5You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.6Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.7When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.8Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.9All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.10For you are great and do marvellous deeds; you alone are God.11Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.12I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name for ever.13For great is your love towards me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.14Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me – they have no regard for you.15But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.16Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength on behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.17Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
King James Version
1A Prayer of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.2Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.3Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.4Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.5For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.6Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.7In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.8Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.9All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.10For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.11Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.12I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.13For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.14O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.15But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.16O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.17Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it , and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
New International Reader’s Version
A prayer of David.
1LORD, hear me and answer me. I am poor and needy.2Keep my life safe, because I am faithful to you. Save me, because I trust in you. You are my God.3Lord, have mercy on me. I call out to you all day long.4Bring joy to me. Lord, I put my trust in you.5Lord, you are forgiving and good. You are full of love for all who call out to you.6LORD, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for mercy.7When I’m in trouble, I will call out to you. And you will answer me.8Lord, there’s no one like you among the gods. No one can do what you do.9Lord, all the nations you have made will come and worship you. They will bring glory to you.10You are great. You do wonderful things. You alone are God.11LORD, teach me how you want me to live. Do this so that I will depend on you, my faithful God. Give me a heart that doesn’t want anything more than to worship you.12Lord my God, I will praise you with all my heart. I will bring glory to you for ever.13Great is your love for me. You have kept me from going down into the place of the dead.14God, proud people are attacking me. A gang of mean people is trying to kill me. They don’t care about you.15But Lord, you are a God who is tender and kind. You are gracious. You are slow to get angry. You are faithful and full of love.16Come to my aid and have mercy on me. Show your strength by helping me. Save me because I serve you just as my mother did.17Prove your goodness to me. Then my enemies will see it and be put to shame. LORD, you have helped me and given me comfort.