Psalm 6

David is depressed and considering death
My soul is vexed  3
Then he is revived
The first of seven penitential psalms. Others are 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143.
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.
  1 - Rebuke me not David was apparently sick v2 and thought it might be a divine judgment.
  2 - Weak Literally "withering" as a dry or dying plant jl0112, is2404.
.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?
  3 - How long? Compare the experience of Job jb0702.
  4 - Return Implying that he felt that the Lord had turned away from him.
  5 - In death We see no conscious state between death and the resurrection. Also ps08810, ps14604, is3818
 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.
  6 - Bed to swim The hyperbole is clear.
  7 - Enemies A new element introduced. They somehow were responsible for the grief. The rejection by his son Absalom could have been the major problem. See 2sa1833.
.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.
 8 - Depart from me A change of attitude. Although addressing his enemies, he may have also been turning from his dark thoughts.
.10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.   Enemies ... sore vexed These were also the enemies of God.
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