To the Director: With stringed instruments. On an eight-stringed harp.[a] A Davidic Psalm
A Prayer in Times of Trouble
6 Lord, in your anger, do not rebuke me; in your wrath, do not discipline me. 2 Be gracious to me, Lord, because I am fading away. Heal me, because my body[b] is distressed. 3 And my soul[c] is deeply distressed. But you, Lord, how long do I wait?[d]
4 Return, Lord, save my life! Deliver me, because of your gracious love. 5 In death, there is no memory of you. Who will give you thanks where the dead are?[e]
6 I am weary from my groaning. Every night my couch is drenched with tears, my bed is soaked through. 7 My eyesight has faded because of grief, it has dimmed because of all my enemies.
8 Get away from me, all of you who practice evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord receives my prayer. 10 As for all my enemies, they will be put to shame; they will be greatly frightened and suddenly turn away ashamed.
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