Psalm 38 King James Version

The Prayer of a Suffering Penitent

38 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2  For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. 3  There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest [1] in my bones because of my sin. 4  For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 5  My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. 6  I am troubled; [2] I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 7  For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8  I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 9  Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. 10  My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone [3] from me. 11  My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; [4] and my kinsmen stand afar off.

12  They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. 13  But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. 14  Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. 15  For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. 16  For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. 17  For I am ready to halt, [5] and my sorrow is continually before me. 18  For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. 19  But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. 20  They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. 21  Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me. 22  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Footnotes

[1] 38:3 rest: Heb. peace, or, health

[2] 38:6 troubled: Heb. wried

[3] 38:10 is gone...: Heb. is not with me

[4] 38:11 sore: Heb. stroke

[5] 38:17 to halt: Heb. for halting

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