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Psalm 38


A psalm of David.  A petition.



1                    O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.


2                    For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me.


3                    Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.


4                    My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.


5                    My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.


6                    I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.


7                    My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.


8                    I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.


9                    All my longings lie open before you, O LORD; my sighing is not hidden from you.


10               My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.


11               My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.


12               Those who seek my life set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they plot deception.


13               I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;


14               I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply.


15               I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O LORD my God.


16               For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.”


17               For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.


18               I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.


19               Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous.


20               Those who repay my good with evil slander me when I pursue what is good.


21               O LORD, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God.


22               Come quickly to help me, O LORD my Savior.