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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

  • Erika
    This verse reminds me of the old hymn, ' Trust and Obey'. God's wisdom and understanding is higher than human understanding. We may not understand why things happen, "but all things work together for good to those who love God". It is for our eternal good, not necessarily for our happiness. I am sure Joseph couldn't make any sense of why his brethren treated him so badly but he trusted God.
  • BSP
    Verse 6~David was so greatly distressed that he cried many tears. When we are in distress we should cry out to Jehovah God too.
  • Mild Bill
    Mercy for the weak and healing for the vexed,needed by believers living here in world.Hear the rich man in hell with a new understanding of the scriptures and prophets,although too late for him.Believers are ready to leave this world behind at any time because it is painful/difficult to be here.Forgiveness is only found in Christ having paid for all your sins.Either you have it NOW,or you don't.
  • Mild Bill
    In God's grand plan of victory over evil,he has time and love for the least of his people.He sees,he hears,he provides,he leads.He is worthy of praise,now and forever."And this is life eternal,that they might know thee the only true God,and Jesus Christ,whom thou hast sent.".Knowing God now,is the start of forever for believers.Saved people are the minority in the lost world,but not in heaven.Pray
  • Ngozi
    God is our ever present help in the time of need. He will never leave nor forsake us because He is the omnipotent Father of mercy and grace. He understands the feelings of our infirmities. He sees our pains, hears our cries and comforts us when we are hurting. He is the ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE ALMIGHTY GOD, THE ONE AND ONLY GOD. Please worship HIM forever and ever. Amen
  • Eberechi
    God is awesome, omnipotent, loving, caring even when we offend Him he does not retaliate like us human. He keep patience waiting for us to still turn back to Him. Psalms 6 teaches us that no matter what happens to us God is not sleeping, he is with us and we should not fear anything even death.
  • Antonio Garvey
    When Christ return many will hear depart from me workers of iniquity let us live Our Lives on a platform of righteousness and hollyness in Christ our saviour. Lord help us to be humble with love for you Father and our fellow men in Jesus name selah.
  • Irma
    Sarah,I pray that God will continue to bless you and your Mum

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Who wrote Psalm 6?
  • Solomon
  • Joshua
  • David
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