A Prayer for Mercy

For the choir director: with stringed instruments, according to Sheminith. A Davidic psalm.

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger; do not discipline me in Your wrath.a
2 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am weak;b heal me, Lord, for my bones are shaking;
3 my whole being is shaken with terror. And You, Lord-how long?
4 Turn, Lord! Rescue me; save me because of Your faithful love.
5 For there is no remembrance of You in death; who can thank You in Sheol?c
6 I am weary from my groaning; with my tears I dampen my pillowd and drench my bed every night.
7 My eyes are swollen from grief; theye grow old because of all my enemies.
8 Depart from me, all evildoers, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea for help; the Lord accepts my prayer.f
10 All my enemies will be ashamed and shake with terror; they will turn back and suddenly be disgraced.