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Psalm 38a

A psalm of David. A petition.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger

or discipline me in your wrath.y

Your arrowsz have pierced me,

and your hand has come down on me.

Because of your wrath there is no healtha in my body;

there is no soundness in my bonesb because of my sin.

My guilt has overwhelmedc me

like a burden too heavy to bear.d

My woundse fester and are loathsomef

because of my sinful folly.g

I am bowed downh and brought very low;

all day long I go about mourning.i

My back is filled with searing pain;j

there is no healthk in my body.

I am feeble and utterly crushed;l

I groanm in anguish of heart.n

All my longingso lie open before you, Lord;

my sighingp is not hidden from you.

10 My heart pounds,q my strength failsr me;

even the light has gone from my eyes.s

11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;t

my neighbors stay far away.

12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,u

those who would harm me talk of my ruin;v

all day long they scheme and lie.w

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,x

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 waity for you;

you will answer,z Lord my God.

16 For I said, “Do not let them gloata

or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”b

17 For I am about to fall,c

and my paind is ever with me.

18 I confess my iniquity;e

I am troubled by my sin.

19 Many have become my enemiesf without causeb;

those who hate meg without reasonh are numerous.

20 Those who repay my good with evili

lodge accusationsj against me,

though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;k

do not be farl from me, my God.

22 Come quicklym to help me,n

my Lord and my Savior.o


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