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Psalm 38

Psalms: 38

Prayer in Distress.  Psalm 38(v37)

A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.

1O LORD, rebuke me not in thy anger,
nor chasten me in thy wrath!
2For thy arrows have sunk into me,
and thy hand has come down on me.

3There is no soundness in my flesh because of thy indignation;
there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
4For my iniquities have gone over my head;
they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.

5My wounds grow foul and fester
because of my foolishness,
6I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
all the day I go about mourning.
7For my loins are filled with burning,
and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8I am utterly spent and crushed;
I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

9Lord, all my longing is known to thee,
my sighing is not hidden from thee.
10My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
and the light of my eyes - it also has gone from me.
11My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
and my kinsmen stand afar off.
12Those who seek my life lay their snares,
those who seek my hurt speak of ruin,
and meditate treachery all the day long.

13But I am like a deaf man, I do not hear,
like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.
14Yea, I am like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth are no rebukes.

15But for thee, O LORD, do I wait;
it is thou, O LORD my God, who wilt answer.
16For I pray, "Only let them not rejoice over me,
who boast against me when my foot slips!"

17For I am ready to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.
18I confess my iniquity,
I am sorry for my sin.
19Those who are my foes without cause are mighty,
and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20Those who render me evil for good are my adversaries
because I follow after good.

21Do not forsake me, O LORD!
O my God, be not far from me!
22Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation!


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