Psalm 38

Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord

A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.

1 O LORD, 1rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath!
2 For your 2arrows have sunk into me, and your hand 3has come down on me.
3 There is 4no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my 5bones because of my sin.
4 For my 6iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,
6 I am 7utterly bowed down and 8prostrate; all the day I 9go about mourning.
7 For my sides are filled with burning, and there is 10no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and crushed; I 11groan because of the tumult of my heart.
9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my 12sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and 13the light of my eyes--it also has gone from me.
11 My 14friends and companions 15stand aloof from my 16plague, and my nearest kin 17stand far off.
12 Those who seek my life 18lay their snares; those who seek my hurt 19speak of ruin and meditate 20treachery all day long.
13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like 21a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no 22rebukes.
15 But for 23you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I said, "Only 24let them not rejoice over me, who 25boast against me when my 26foot slips!"
17 For I am 27ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.
18 I 28confess my iniquity; I am 29sorry for my sin.
19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me 30wrongfully.
20 Those who 31render me evil for good 32accuse me because I 33follow after good.
21 Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not 34far from me!
22 35Make haste to help me, O Lord, my 36salvation!
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