When David by his sins had provoked God’s wrath, and now felt not only his hand against him, but also conceived the horrors of death everlasting, he desireth forgiveness. 6 Bewailing that if God took him away in his indignation, he should lack occasion to praise him as he was wont to do while he was among men. 9 Then suddenly feeling God’s mercy, he sharply rebuketh his enemies which rejoiced in his affliction.

To him that excelleth on Neginoth, upon the eight tune. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, (A)[a]rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chastise me in thy wrath.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak: O Lord heal me, for my [b]bones are vexed.

[c]My soul is also sore troubled: but Lord, how long wilt thou delay?

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  1. Psalm 6:1 Though I deserve destruction, yet let thy mercy pity my frailty.
  2. Psalm 6:2 For my whole strength is abated.
  3. Psalm 6:3 His conscience is also touched with the fear of God’s judgment.