Psalm 6:4
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New American Standard Bible
Return, O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness.

King James Bible
Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

Darby Bible Translation
Return, Jehovah, free my soul; save me for thy loving-kindness' sake.

World English Bible
Return, Yahweh. Deliver my soul, and save me for your loving kindness' sake.

Young's Literal Translation
Turn back, O Jehovah, draw out my soul, Save me for Thy kindness' sake.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Return, O Lord, deliver my soul - As if he had departed from him, and had left him to die. The word "soul" in this place is used, as it often is, in the sense of "life," for in the next verse he speaks of the grave to which he evidently felt he was rapidly descending.

O save me - Save my life; save me from going down to the grave. Deliver me from these troubles and dangers.

For thy mercies' sake -

(a) As an act of mere mercy, for he felt that he had no claim, and could not urge it as a matter of right and justice; and

(b) in order that God's mercy might be manifest, or because he was a merciful Being, and might, therefore, be appealed to on that ground.

These are proper grounds, now, on which to make an appeal to God for his interposition in our behalf; and, indeed, these are the only grounds on which we can plead with him to save us.

Psalm 6:4 Parallel Commentaries

Pleading for Mercy. Ps 6

John Newton—Olney Hymns

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
Psalm 3:7
Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.

Psalm 17:13
Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword,

Psalm 31:16
Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness.

Psalm 44:26
Rise up, be our help, And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.

Psalm 90:13
Do return, O LORD; how long will it be? And be sorry for Your servants.

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