Psalms 38

Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

A Psalm of David, for a memorial.

1 O  Lord, a  rebuke me not in Your wrath,
And chasten me not in Your burning anger.
2For Your b  arrows have sunk deep into me,
And c  Your hand has pressed down on me.
3There is d  no soundness in my flesh e  because of Your indignation;
There is no health f  in my bones because of my sin.
4For my g  iniquities are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
5My
Or stripes
wounds grow foul and fester
Because of i  my folly.
6I am bent over and j  greatly bowed down;
I k  go mourning all day long.
7For my loins are filled with l  burning,
And there is m  no soundness in my flesh.
8I am n  benumbed and
Or greatly
badly crushed;
I
Lit roar
,
q  groan because of the
Lit growling
agitation of my heart.

9Lord, all s  my desire is
Or known to You
before You;
And my u  sighing is not hidden from You.
10My 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.
11My
Or lovers
,
aa  loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my kinsmen ab  stand afar off.
12Those 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.

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

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