O Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger nor discipline and chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres set to Sheminith [the bass voice].
Fear not, O Jacob My servant, says the Lord, for I am with you. For I will make a full and complete end of all the nations to which I have driven you; yet I will not make a full end of you. But I will chasten and correct you in just measure, and I will not hold you guiltless by any means or leave you unpunished.
He speaks to them in His deep anger and troubles (terrifies and confounds) them in His displeasure and fury, saying,
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness (uprightness, justice, and right standing with You)! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.
Help, Lord! For principled and godly people are here no more; faithfulness and the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.
The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death.
For this is like the days of Noah to Me; as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you.
For I will not contend forever, neither will I be angry always, for [if I did stay angry] the spirit [of man] would faint and be consumed before Me, and [My purpose in] creating the souls of men would be frustrated.
O Lord, correct, instruct, and chastise me, but with judgment and in just measure -- "not in Your anger, lest You diminish me and bring me to nothing.
For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgment].