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(0) For the leader. With stringed instruments. On sh’minit [low-pitched musical instruments?]. A psalm of David:

(1) Adonai, don’t rebuke me in your anger,
don’t discipline me in the heat of your fury.
(2) Be gracious to me, Adonai,
because I am withering away;
heal me, Adonai,
because my bones are shaking;
(3) I am completely terrified;
and you, Adonai — how long?
(4) Come back, Adonai, and rescue me!
Save me for the sake of your grace;
(5) for in death, no one remembers you;
in Sh’ol, who will praise you?

(6) I am worn out with groaning;
all night I drench my bed with tears,
flooding my couch till it swims.
(7) My vision is darkened with anger;
it grows weak because of all my foes.

(8) Get away from me, all you workers of evil!
For Adonai has heard the sound of my weeping,
10 (9) Adonai has heard my pleading,
Adonai will accept my prayer.
11 (10) All my enemies will be confounded,
completely terrified;
they will turn back
and be suddenly put to 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)


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