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Psalm 6

Do Not Rebuke Me in Your Anger
(Psalm 38:1–22)

For the choirmaster. With stringed instruments, according to Sheminith. a A Psalm of David.

1O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger

or discipline me in Your wrath.

2 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am frail;

heal me, O LORD, for my bones are in agony.

3 My soul is deeply distressed.

How long, O LORD, how long?

4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver my soul;

save me because of Your loving devotion.

5 For there is no mention of You in death;

who can praise You from Sheol?

6 I am weary from groaning;

all night I flood my bed with weeping

and drench my couch with tears.

7 My eyes fail from grief;

they grow dim because of all my foes.

8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity,

for the LORD has heard my weeping.

9 The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;

the LORD accepts my prayer.

10 All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed;

they will turn back in sudden disgrace.



1 a Sheminith is probably a musical term; here and in 1 Chronicles 15:21 and Psalm 12:1.

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