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A Prayer for Mercy in Troubled Times

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Upon the ·sheminith [L eighth; C a reference to an eight-stringed instrument or possibly the manner of singing]. A psalm of David.

Lord, don’t ·correct [rebuke; reprove] me when you are angry;
    don’t ·punish [discipline] me when you are ·very angry [enraged].
Lord, ·have mercy on [be gracious to] me because I ·am weak [languish; faint].
    Heal me, Lord, because my bones ·ache [are in agony].
I ·am very upset [ache; am in agony].
    Lord, how long will it be?

Lord, return and save me;
    ·save [rescue; T deliver] me because of your ·kindness [loyalty; covenant love].
Dead people don’t remember you;
    those in ·the grave [or the underworld; L Sheol] don’t praise you.

I am ·tired [weary] ·of crying to you [L because of my moaning].
    Every night ·my bed is wet [L I flood my pillow] with tears;
    my bed is soaked from my crying.
My eyes are weak ·from so much crying [L because of my grief];
    they are weak ·from crying about [L because of] my enemies.

Get away from me, all you who do evil,
    because the Lord has heard my ·crying [supplication].
The Lord has heard my cry for help;
    the Lord will ·answer [accept] my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be ashamed and ·troubled [in agony; vv. 2–3].
    They will turn and suddenly leave in shame.

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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