An Appeal for Forgiveness and Deliverance
For the music director; with stringed instruments, on the Sheminith.#Hebrew “upon the eighth”; meaning uncertain
A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1O Yahweh, do not rebuke me in your anger,
and do not discipline me in your wrath.
2Be gracious to me, O Yahweh, because I am feeble.
Heal me, O Yahweh, for my bones are terrified.
3My soul is also very terrified.
But you, O Yahweh, how long?
4Turn, O Yahweh; deliver my life.#Or “my soul”; same word as in v. 3
Save me for the sake of your steadfast love.#Or “loyal love”
5For there is no remembrance of you in death.
In Sheol, who will give thanks to you?
6I am weary with my groaning;
I flood#Literally “I make my bed float” my bed every night.
With my tears I drench#Literally “I cause to melt” my couch.
7My eye wastes away because of vexation;
it grows old because of all my oppressors.
8Depart from me, all workers of evil,
for Yahweh has heard the sound of my weeping.
9Yahweh has heard my plea;
Yahweh has accepted my prayer.
10All my enemies shall be ashamed and shall be very terrified.
They shall turn back; they shall suddenly be ashamed.