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Psalm 6–7

Psalm 6a

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.b A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your angeri

or discipline me in your wrath.

Have mercy on me,j Lord, for I am faint;k

heal me,l Lord, for my bones are in agony.m

My soul is in deep anguish.n

How long,o Lord, how long?

Turn,p Lord, and deliver me;

save me because of your unfailing love.q

Among the dead no one proclaims your name.

Who praises you from the grave?r

I am worn outs from my groaning.t

All night long I flood my bed with weepingu

and drench my couch with tears.v

My eyes grow weakw with sorrow;

they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me,x all you who do evil,y

for the Lord has heard my weeping.

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;z

the Lord accepts my prayer.

10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;a

they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.b

Psalm 7a

A shiggaionb c of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

Lord my God, I take refuged in you;

save and deliver mee from all who pursue me,f

or they will tear me apart like a liong

and rip me to pieces with no one to rescueh me.

Lord my God, if I have done this

and there is guilt on my handsi

if I have repaid my ally with evil

or without causej have robbed my foe—

then let my enemy pursue and overtakek me;

let him trample my life to the groundl

and make me sleep in the dust.c m

Arise,n Lord, in your anger;

rise up against the rage of my enemies.o

Awake,p my God; decree justice.

Let the assembled peoples gather around you,

while you sit enthroned over them on high.q

8 Let the Lord judger the peoples.

Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,s

according to my integrity,t O Most High.u

Bring to an end the violence of the wicked

and make the righteous secure—v

you, the righteous Godw

who probes minds and hearts.x

10 My shieldd y is God Most High,

who saves the upright in heart.z

11 God is a righteous judge,a

a God who displays his wrathb every day.

12 If he does not relent,c

hee will sharpen his sword;d

he will bend and string his bow.e

13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;

he makes ready his flaming arrows.f

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil

conceives trouble and gives birthg to disillusionment.

15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out

falls into the pith they have made.i

16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;

their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;j

I will sing the praisesk of the name of the Lord Most High.l

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In Hebrew texts 6:1–10 is numbered 6:2–11.

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Title: Probably a musical term

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In Hebrew texts 7:1–17 is numbered 7:2–18.

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Title: Probably a literary or musical term

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The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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Or If anyone does not repent, / God

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