For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Upon the ·sheminith [L eighth; C a reference to an eight-stringed instrument or possibly the manner of singing]. A psalm of David.Lord, don’t ·correct [rebuke; reprove] me when you are angry; don’t ·punish [discipline] me when you are ·very angry [enraged].
When David by his sins had provoked God’s wrath, and now felt not only his hand against him, but also conceived the horrors of death everlasting, he desireth forgiveness. 6 Bewailing that if God took him away in his indignation, he should lack occasion to praise him as he was wont to do while he was among men. 9 Then suddenly feeling God’s mercy, he sharply rebuketh his enemies which rejoiced in his affliction.To him that excelleth on Neginoth, upon the eight tune. A Psalm of David. O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chastise me in thy wrath.
Please, God, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed. Treat me nice for a change; I’m so starved for affection. Can’t you see I’m black-and-blue, beaten up badly in bones and soul? God, how long will it take for you to let up?
To the overcomer in psalms, the psalm of David, on the eighth. Lord, reprove thou not me in thy strong vengeance; neither chastise thou me in thine ire. (To the overcomer, in songs, the song of David, on the eighth. Lord, do not thou condemn me in thy fury; nor chastise thou me in thy anger.)
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