1For the leader. With stringed instruments. On sh’minit [low-pitched musical instruments?]. A psalm of David:
2Adonai, don’t rebuke me in your anger,
don’t discipline me in the heat of your fury.
3Be gracious to me, Adonai,
because I am withering away;
heal me, Adonai,
because my bones are shaking;
4I am completely terrified;
and you, Adonai — how long?
5Come back, Adonai, and rescue me!
Save me for the sake of your grace;
6for in death, no one remembers you;
in Sh’ol, who will praise you?
7I am worn out with groaning;
all night I drench my bed with tears,
flooding my couch till it swims.
8My vision is darkened with anger;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
9Get away from me, all you workers of evil!
For Adonai has heard the sound of my weeping,
10Adonai has heard my pleading,
Adonai will accept my prayer.
11All my enemies will be confounded,
they will turn back
and be suddenly put to shame.