Psalms 38

Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

A Psalm of David, for a memorial.

O  Lord, a rebuke me not in Your wrath,
And chasten me not in Your burning anger.
For Your b arrows have sunk deep into me,
And c Your hand has pressed down on me.
There is d no soundness in my flesh e because of Your indignation;
There is no health f in my bones because of my sin.
For my g iniquities are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
My
Or stripes
wounds grow foul and fester
Because of i my folly.
I am bent over and j greatly bowed down;
I k go mourning all day long.
For my loins are filled with l burning,
And there is m no soundness in my flesh.
I am n benumbed and
Or greatly
badly crushed;
I
Lit roar
,
q groan because of the
Lit growling
agitation of my heart.

Lord, all s my desire is
Or known to You
before You;
And my u sighing is not hidden from You.
10 My heart throbs v my strength fails me;
And the w light of my eyes, even
Lit they have
that
Lit is not with me
has gone from me.
11 My
Or lovers
,
aa loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my kinsmen ab stand afar off.
12 Those who ac seek my life ad lay snares for me;
And those who ae seek to injure me have
Lit spoken
threatened destruction,
And they ag devise treachery all day long.

13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
And I am like a ah mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 Yes, I am like a man who does not hear,
And in whose mouth are no arguments.
15 For ai I
Or wait for
hope in You, O  Lord;
You ak will answer, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, “May they not rejoice over me,
Who, when my foot slips al would magnify themselves against me.”
17 For I am am ready to fall,
And an my
Lit pain
sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I
Or declare
,
aq confess my iniquity;
I am full of ar anxiety because of my sin.
19 But my as enemies are vigorous and
Or numerous
strong,
And many are those who au hate me wrongfully.
20 And those who av repay evil for good,
They aw oppose me, because I follow what is good.
21 Do not forsake me, O  Lord;
O my God ax do not be far from me!
22 Make ay haste to help me,
O Lord az my salvation!

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