Psalms 6

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1 O LORD, 1rebuke me not in your anger, nor 2discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; 3heal me, O LORD, 4for my bones are troubled.
3 My 5soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD--6how long?
4 Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in 7death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?
6 I am 8weary with my 9moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My 10eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.
8 11Depart from me, all you 12workers of evil, for the LORD 13has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my 14plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall 15turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Psalms 6 Commentary

Chapter 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)

Verses 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.

Verses 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.

Cross References 15

  • 1. Psalms 38:1
  • 2. [Psalms 94:12; Psalms 118:18; Proverbs 3:11, 12; Jeremiah 30:11; Jeremiah 46:28]; See Hebrews 12:3-11
  • 3. Psalms 30:2; Psalms 41:4; Psalms 103:3
  • 4. See Psalms 31:10
  • 5. [John 12:27]
  • 6. Psalms 90:13
  • 7. Psalms 30:9; Psalms 88:10-12; Psalms 115:17; Isaiah 38:18
  • 8. Psalms 69:3
  • 9. Psalms 38:9
  • 10. Psalms 31:9; Psalms 88:9; [Psalms 38:10; Job 17:7; Lamentations 2:11; Lamentations 5:17]
  • 11. Psalms 119:115; Psalms 139:19; Matthew 7:23; Matthew 25:41; Luke 13:27
  • 12. Psalms 94:4
  • 13. [Psalms 3:4]
  • 14. Psalms 55:1; 1 Kings 8:38
  • 15. Psalms 40:14; Psalms 56:9

Chapter Summary

Psalms 6 Commentaries

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