Psalm 38 CSB

Prayer of a Suffering Sinner

A Davidic psalm for remembrance.

1 Lord, do not punish me in Your anger or discipline me in Your wrath.a

References for Psalms 38:1

      2 For Your arrows have sunk into me, and Your hand has pressed down on me.
      3 There is no soundness in my body because of Your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
      4 For my sins have flooded over my head; they are a burden too heavy for me to bear.
      5 My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness.
      6 I am bent over and brought low; all day long I go around in mourning.
      7 For my loins are full of burning pain, and there is no health in my body.
      8 I am faint and severely crushed; I groan because of the anguish of my heart.
      9 Lord, my every desire is known tob You; my sighing is not hidden from You.

      References for Psalms 38:9

        • b 38:9 - Lit is in front of
          10 My heart races, my strength leaves me, and even the light of my eyes has faded.c

          References for Psalms 38:10

            • c 38:10 - 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.
              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.
              13 I am like a deaf person; I do not hear. I am like a speechless person who does not open his mouth.
              14 I am like a man who does not hear and has no arguments in his mouth.
              15 I put my hope in You, Lord; You will answer, Lord my God.
              16 For I said, "Don't let them rejoice over me- those who are arrogant toward me when I stumble."
              17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is constantly with me.
              18 So I confess my guilt; I am anxious because of my sin.
              19 But my enemies are vigorous and powerful;d many hate me for no reason.

              References for Psalms 38:19

                  20 Those who repay evil for good attack me for pursuing good.
                  21 Lord, do not abandon me; my God, do not be far from me.
                  22 Hurry to help me, Lord, my Savior.