Psalms 6

A Prayer for Mercy

1For the choir director: with stringed instruments, according to
Sheminith: A musical term meaning instruments or on the instrument of eight strings
. b A Davidic psalm.

Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger;
do not discipline me in Your wrath. c
2 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am weak;
Or sick
heal me, f Lord, for my bones are shaking; g
3 my whole being is shaken with terror. h
And You, Lord – how long? i

4 Turn, Lord! Rescue me;
save me because of Your faithful love. j
5 For there is no remembrance of You in death;
who can thank You in
Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the dead
Sheol? l

6 I am weary from my groaning; m
with my tears I dampen my pillow
Lit bed

and drench my bed every night. o
7 My eyes are swollen from grief; p
LXX, Aq, Sym, Jer read I
grow old because of all my enemies.

8 Depart from me, all evildoers,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. r
9 The Lord has heard my plea for help; s
the Lord accepts my prayer. t
10 All my enemies will be ashamed and shake with terror;
they will turn back u and suddenly be disgraced. v
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