New International Version - UK

Psalm 6

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
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
    heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
    How long, Lord, how long?

Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from his grave?

I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping
    and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me, all you who do evil,
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

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

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 6

Psalm 6

For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David to be played on stringed instruments.

Lord, don’t correct me when you are angry.
    Don’t punish me when you are very angry.
Lord, have mercy on me. I’m so weak.
    Lord, heal me. My body is full of pain.
My soul is very troubled.
    Lord, how long will it be until you save me?

Lord, turn to me and help me.
    Save me. Your love never fails.
Dead people can’t call out your name.
    How can they praise you when they are in the grave?

My groaning has worn me out.
    All night long my tears flood my bed.
    My bed is wet because of my crying.
I’m so sad I can’t see very well.
    My eyesight gets worse because of all my enemies.

Get away from me, all you who do evil.
    The Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for his mercy.
    The Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be covered with shame and trouble.
    They will turn back in shame. It will happen suddenly.