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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?

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