Psalms 38

Prayer of a Suffering Sinner

1A Davidic psalm for remembrance. a

Lord, do not punish me in Your anger
or discipline me in Your wrath. b
2 For Your arrows have sunk into me,
and Your hand has pressed down on me. c

3 There is no health in my body
because of Your indignation;
there is no strength
Hb shalom
in my bones
because of my sin. e
4 For my sins have flooded over my head;
they are a burden too heavy for me to bear. f
5 My wounds are foul and festering
because of my foolishness. g
6 I am bent over and brought low;
all day long I go around in mourning. h
7 For my loins are full of burning pain,
and there is no health in my body. i
8 I am faint and severely crushed;
I groan because of the anguish of my heart. j

9 Lord, my every desire is known to
Lit is in front of
my sighing is not hidden from You. l
10 My heart races, my strength leaves me,
and even the light of my eyes has faded.
Or and the light of my eyes – even that is not with me
11 My loved ones and friends stand back from my affliction,
and my relatives stand at a distance. o
12 Those who seek my life set traps,
and those who want to harm me threaten to destroy me;
they plot treachery all day long. p

13 I am like a deaf person; I do not hear.
I am like a speechless person
who does not open his mouth. q
14 I am like a man who does not hear
and has no arguments in his mouth. r
15 I put my hope in You, Lord;
You will answer, Lord my God. s
16 For I said, “Don’t let them rejoice over me –
those who are arrogant toward me when I stumble.” t
17 For I am about to fall,
and my pain is constantly with me. u
18 So I confess my
guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.
I am anxious because of my sin. w
19 But my enemies are vigorous and powerful;
Or numerous

many hate me for no reason. y
20 Those who repay evil for good
attack me for pursuing good. z

21 Lord, do not abandon me;
my God, do not be far from me. aa
22 Hurry to help me,
Lord, my Savior. ab
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