Psalm 86:5
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New American Standard Bible
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.

King James Bible
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and art of great loving-kindness unto all that call upon thee.

World English Bible
For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou, Lord, art good and forgiving. And abundant in kindness to all calling Thee.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

For thou, Lord, art good ... - This is another reason why God should hear his prayer; and it is a reason which may be properly urged at all times, and by all classes of persons. It is founded on the benevolence of God; on the fullness of his mercy to all that invoke his name. We should call in vain on a God who was not merciful and ready to forgive; but in the divine character there is the most ample foundation for such an appeal. In his benevolence; in his readiness to forgive; in the plenitude of his mercy, God is all that a penitent sinner could wish him to be. For if such a sinner should endeavor to describe what he would desire to find in God as a ground of appeal in his prayers, he could not express his feelings in language more full and free than God has himself employed about his own readiness to pardon and save. The language of the Bible on this subject would express, better than any language which he could himself employ, what in those circumstances he would wish to find God to be.

Psalm 86:5 Parallel Commentaries

"Behold Your God!"
In Isaiah's day the spiritual understanding of mankind was dark through misapprehension of God. Long had Satan sought to lead men to look upon their Creator as the author of sin and suffering and death. Those whom he had thus deceived, imagined that God was hard and exacting. They regarded Him as watching to denounce and condemn, unwilling to receive the sinner so long as there was a legal excuse for not helping him. The law of love by which heaven is ruled had been misrepresented by the archdeceiver
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Sermons of St. Bernard on the Passing of Malachy
Sermon I (November 2, 1148.)[1005] 1. A certain abundant blessing, dearly beloved, has been sent by the counsel of heaven to you this day; and if it were not faithfully divided, you would suffer loss, and I, to whom of a surety this office seems to have been committed, would incur danger. I fear therefore your loss, I fear my own damnation,[1006] if perchance it be said, The young children ask bread, and no man offereth it unto them.[1007] For I know how necessary for you is the consolation which
H. J. Lawlor—St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

Cross References
Exodus 34:6
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;

Nehemiah 9:17
"They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.

Psalm 25:8
Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.

Psalm 62:12
And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work.

Psalm 73:1
A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!

Psalm 86:15
But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.

Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

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