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1 (To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.) O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?

4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.

9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

Commentary for Psalms 6

The psalmist deprecates God's wrath, and begs for the return of his favour. (1-7) He assures himself of an answer of peace. (8-10)

1-7 These verses speak the language of a heart truly humbled, of a broken and contrite spirit under great afflictions, sent to awaken conscience and mortify corruption. Sickness brought sin to his remembrance, and he looked upon it as a token of God's displeasure against him. The affliction of his body will be tolerable, if he has comfort in his soul. Christ's sorest complaint, in his sufferings, was of the trouble of his soul, and the want of his Father's smiles. Every page of Scripture proclaims the fact, that salvation is only of the Lord. Man is a sinner, his case can only be reached by mercy; and never is mercy more illustrious than in restoring backsliders. With good reason we may pray, that if it be the will of God, and he has any further work for us or our friends to do in this world, he will yet spare us or them to serve him. To depart and be with Christ is happiest for the saints; but for them to abide in the flesh is more profitable for the church.

8-10 What a sudden change is here! Having made his request known to God, the psalmist is confident that his sorrow will be turned into joy. By the workings of God's grace upon his heart, he knew his prayer was accepted, and did not doubt but it would, in due time, be answered. His prayers will be accepted, coming up out of the hands of Christ the Mediator. The word signifies prayer made to God, the righteous Judge, as the God of his righteousness, who would plead his cause, and right his wrongs. A believer, through the blood and righteousness of Christ, can go to God as a righteous God, and plead with him for pardon and cleansing, who is just and faithful to grant both. He prays for the conversion of his enemies, or foretells their ruin.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 6

  • Deliver me lord if you really real you deliver and save people come to me too before I die of the pain and perish come quickly and save me...
  • Paula
    Praise God for guiding me to this site, my family has attacked my character and this psalm has comforted me Glory be to God
  • Tiffany Hampton
    We must stay in prayer daily. Cry out to the Lord.
  • Maranatha
    Verse 5...All our options cease when we die. We must praise and worship God daily seeking His mercy and forgiveness. Acts 2:24-35
  • Shanthi kavitha
    A very powerful Psalm.It saved me from the mouth of the lion as mentioned in Psalm 22:21.I offer thanks,praise and glory to God who alone is worthy to be praised
  • Geraldine cole
    May The Lord Jesus have mercy on us and give us peace let us not let the devil put a fire between those that the Lord Jesus have put in our lives let us give flesh no right to rule over us let us pray always.let us remember we were put here not just for ourselves but for other praise God

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Bible Trivia

Who wrote Psalm 6?
  • Solomon
  • Joshua
  • David
  • Jeremiah