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Psalm Six

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.

Sheminith. Sheminith occurs only here and in the title to Psalm 12. It is believed to refer to an eight-stringed lyre.

Psalm 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Psalm 6:2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

Psalm 6:3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?

Psalm 6:4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

in the grave. The word “grave” here is sheol, the place of departed souls. Since Calvary, however, the souls of believers are with Christ, awaiting the resurrection of the body.

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

Psalm 6:7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Psalm 6:8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.

Depart from me. The first part of this verse was quoted by Christ (Matthew 7:23; Luke 13:27). This to some degree warrants us in thinking of the entire psalm as Messianic, giving an insight into the inner sufferings of Christ as he was rejected and opposed by many enemies.

Psalm 6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

Psalm 6:10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.