Psalm 38 New International Version

The Prayer of a Suffering Penitent

38 [1]Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2  Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me. 3  Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. 4  My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. 5  My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. 6  I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. 7  My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. 8  I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. 9  All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. 10  My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes. 11  My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.

12  Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie. 13  I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak; 14  I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. 15  Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. 16  For I said, "Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip." 17  For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. 18  I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. 19  Many have become my enemies without cause[2] ; those who hate me without reason are numerous. 20  Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good. 21  Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. 22  Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.

Footnotes

[1] 38:1 In Hebrew texts 38:1-22 is numbered 38:2-23.

[2] 38:19 One Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript; Masoretic Text "my vigorous enemies"

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