Psalm 38

Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

1 O LORD, 1rebuke me not in Your wrath, And chasten me not in Your burning anger.
2 For Your 2arrows have sunk deep into me, And 3Your hand has pressed down on me.
3 There is 4no soundness in my flesh 5because * of Your indignation; There is no health 6in my bones because * of my sin.
4 For my 7iniquities are gone over my head; As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
5 My wounds grow foul and fester Because * of 8my folly.
6 I am bent over and 9greatly bowed down; I 10go mourning all day long.
7 For my loins are filled with 11burning, And there is 12no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am 13benumbed and badly crushed; I 14groan because of the agitation of my heart.
9 Lord, all 15my desire is before You; And my 16sighing is not hidden from You.
10 My heart throbs, 17my strength fails me; And the 18light of my eyes, even that has gone from me.
11 My 19loved ones and my friends stand aloof * from my plague; And my kinsmen 20stand afar off.
12 Those who 21seek my life 22lay snares for me; And those who 23seek to injure me have threatened destruction, And they 24devise treachery all day long.
13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a 25mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 Yes, I am like a man who does not hear, And in whose mouth are no arguments.
15 For 26I hope in You, O LORD; You 27will answer, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, "May they not rejoice over me, Who, when my foot slips, 28would magnify themselves against me."
17 For I am 29ready to fall, And 30my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I 31confess my iniquity; I am full of 32anxiety because of my sin.
19 But my 33enemies are vigorous and strong, And many are those who 34hate me wrongfully.
20 And those who 35repay evil for good, They 36oppose me, because I follow what is good.
21 Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, 37do not be far from me!
22 Make 38haste to help me, O Lord, 39my salvation!
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