Prayer for Mercy
1For the music director, on the eight-string lyre, a psalm of David.
2Adonai, do not rebuke me in Your anger! Do not discipline me in Your wrath.
3Be gracious to me, Adonai, for I am weak. Heal me, Adonai— for my bones are shuddering with fear,
4as is my soul— and You, Adonai—how long?
5Turn toward me, Adonai, deliver my soul! Save me—because of Your mercy.
6For there is no memory of You in death, in Sheol who will praise You?
7I am worn out with my groaning. Every night I make my bed swim, drenching my pillow with my tears.
8My eyes are weakened with grief— they age because of my enemies.
9Away from me, all you evildoers! For Adonai heard the sound of my weeping.
10Adonai has heard my cry for mercy. Adonai accepts my prayer:
11“May all my enemies be ashamed, and stricken with terror. May they turn back in sudden disgrace.”