Psalms 38

Do Not Forsake Me, O  Lord

A Psalm of David, a  for the memorial offering.

1 O  Lord, b  rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath!
2For your c  arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand d  has come down on me.
3 There is e  no soundness in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no health in my f  bones
because of my sin.
4For my g  iniquities have gone over my head;
like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and fester
because of my foolishness,
6I am h  utterly bowed down and i  prostrate;
all the day I j  go about mourning.
7For my sides are filled with burning,
and there is k  no soundness in my flesh.
8I am feeble and crushed;
I l  groan because of the tumult of my heart.
9 O Lord, all my longing is before you;
my m  sighing is not hidden from you.
10My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
and n  the light of my eyesit also has gone from me.
11My o  friends and companions p  stand aloof from my q  plague,
and my nearest kin r  stand far off.
12 Those who seek my life s  lay their snares;
those who seek my hurt t  speak of ruin
and meditate u  treachery all day long.
13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
like v  a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14I have become like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth are no w  rebukes.
15 But for x  you, O  Lord, do I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16For I said, “Only y  let them not rejoice over me,
who z  boast against me when my aa  foot slips!”
17 For I am ab  ready to fall,
and my pain is ever before me.
18I ac  confess my iniquity;
I am ad  sorry for my sin.
19But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
and many are those who hate me ae  wrongfully.
20Those who af  render me evil for good
ag  accuse me because I ah  follow after good.
21 Do not forsake me, O  Lord!
O my God, be not ai  far from me!
22 aj  Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my ak  salvation!
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