Psalm 6

1    O Lord, rebuke me not in your wrath;  

neither chasten me in your fierce anger.

2    Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am weak;  

Lord, heal me, for my bones are racked.

3    My soul also shakes with terror;  

how long, O Lord, how long?

4    Turn again, O Lord, and deliver my soul;  

save me for your loving mercy’s sake.

5    For in death no one remembers you;  

and who can give you thanks in the grave?

6    I am weary with my groaning;  

every night I drench my pillow

    and flood my bed with my tears.

7    My eyes are wasted with grief  

and worn away because of all my enemies.

8    Depart from me, all you that do evil,  

for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.

9    The Lord has heard my supplication;  

the Lord will receive my prayer.

10  All my enemies shall be put to shame and confusion;  

they shall suddenly turn back in their shame.


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