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Psalm 38

Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

A Psalm of David, for a memorial.

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in Your wrath, And chasten me not in Your burning anger.
2 For Your arrows have sunk deep into me, And Your hand has pressed down on me.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation; There is no health in my bones because of my sin.
4 For my iniquities are gone over my head; As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
5 My wounds [fn] grow foul and fester Because of my folly.
6 I am bent over and greatly bowed down; I go mourning all day long.
7 For my loins are filled with burning, And there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am benumbed and badly [fn] crushed; I groan [fn] because of the agitation [fn] of my heart.

9 Lord, all my desire is before [fn] You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.
10 My heart throbs, my strength fails me; And the light of my eyes, even that [fn] has [fn] gone from me.
11 My loved [fn] ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 Those who seek my life lay snares for me; And those who seek to injure me have threatened [fn] destruction, And they devise treachery all day long.

13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute 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 I hope [fn] in You, O Lord; You will answer, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, "May they not rejoice over me, Who, when my foot slips, would magnify themselves against me."
17 For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow [fn] is continually before me.
18 For I confess [fn] my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
19 But my enemies are vigorous and strong [fn], And many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 And those who repay evil for good, They oppose me, because I follow what is good.
21 Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, do not be far from me!
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
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