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Psalms 86:15-16

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86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God.

You are patient 1  and demonstrate great loyal love and faithfulness. 2 

86:16 Turn toward me and have mercy on me!

Give your servant your strength!

Deliver your slave! 3 

1 tn Heb “slow to anger.”

2 tn Heb “and great of loyal love and faithfulness.”

sn The psalmist’s confession of faith in this verse echoes Exod 34:6.

3 tn Heb “the son of your female servant.” The phrase “son of a female servant” (see also Ps 116:16) is used of a son born to a secondary wife or concubine (Exod 23:12). In some cases the child’s father is the master of the house (see Gen 21:10, 13; Judg 9:18). The use of the expression here certainly does not imply that the Lord has such a secondary wife or concubine! It is used metaphorically and idiomatically to emphasize the psalmist’s humility before the Lord and his status as the Lord’s servant.



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