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Psalm 38


Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

A Psalm of David, for a memorial.

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