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To the director: With stringed instruments, on the sheminith. A song of David.

Lord, don’t punish me.
    Don’t correct me when you are so angry.
Lord, be kind to me.
    I am sick and weak.
Heal me, Lord!
    My bones are shaking.
    I am trembling all over.
Lord, how long until you heal me?[a]
Lord, come back and make me strong again.
    Save me because you are so loyal and kind.
If I am dead, I cannot sing about you.
    Those in the grave don’t praise you.

Lord, I am so weak.
    I cried to you all night.
My pillow is soaked;
    my bed is dripping wet from my tears.
My enemies have caused me such sorrow
    that my eyes are worn out from crying.

Go away, you wicked people,
    because the Lord has heard my cries.
The Lord has heard my request for mercy.
The Lord has accepted my prayer.

10 All my enemies will be filled with fear and shame.
    They will be sorry when disgrace suddenly comes upon them.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 6:3 Lord … heal me Literally, “As for you, Lord, how long?”

Psalm 6[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.[b] A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger(A)
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me,(B) Lord, for I am faint;(C)
    heal me,(D) Lord, for my bones are in agony.(E)
My soul is in deep anguish.(F)
    How long,(G) Lord, how long?

Turn,(H) Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.(I)
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?(J)

I am worn out(K) from my groaning.(L)

All night long I flood my bed with weeping(M)
    and drench my couch with tears.(N)
My eyes grow weak(O) with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me,(P) all you who do evil,(Q)
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;(R)
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;(S)
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.(T)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 6:1 In Hebrew texts 6:1-10 is numbered 6:2-11.
  2. Psalm 6:1 Title: Probably a musical term

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