Bible: Psalm 38

Psalm 38 1 

38:1 A psalm of David, written to get God’s attention. 2 

O Lord, do not continue to rebuke me in your anger!

Do not continue to punish me in your raging fury! 3 

38:2 For your arrows pierce 4  me,

and your hand presses me down. 5 

38:3 My whole body is sick because of your judgment; 6 

I am deprived of health because of my sin. 7 

38:4 For my sins overwhelm me; 8 

like a heavy load, they are too much for me to bear.

38:5 My wounds 9  are infected and starting to smell, 10 

because of my foolish sins. 11 

38:6 I am dazed 12  and completely humiliated; 13 

all day long I walk around mourning.

38:7 For I am overcome with shame 14 

and my whole body is sick. 15 

38:8 I am numb with pain and severely battered; 16 

I groan loudly because of the anxiety I feel. 17 

38:9 O Lord, you understand my heart’s desire; 18 

my groaning is not hidden from you.

38:10 My heart beats quickly;

my strength leaves me;

I can hardly see. 19 

38:11 Because of my condition, 20  even my friends and acquaintances keep their distance; 21 

my neighbors stand far away. 22 

38:12 Those who seek my life try to entrap me; 23 

those who want to harm me speak destructive words;

all day long they say deceitful things.

38:13 But I am like a deaf man – I hear nothing;

I am like a mute who cannot speak. 24 

38:14 I am like a man who cannot hear

and is incapable of arguing his defense. 25 

38:15 Yet 26  I wait for you, O Lord!

You will respond, O Lord, my God!

38:16 I have prayed for deliverance, because otherwise they will gloat over me; 27 

when my foot slips they will arrogantly taunt me. 28 

38:17 For I am about to stumble,

and I am in constant pain. 29 

38:18 Yes, 30  I confess my wrongdoing,

and I am concerned about my sins.

38:19 But those who are my enemies for no reason are numerous; 31 

those who hate me without cause outnumber me. 32 

38:20 They repay me evil for the good I have done;

though I have tried to do good to them, they hurl accusations at me. 33 

38:21 Do not abandon me, O Lord!

My God, do not remain far away from me!

38:22 Hurry and help me, 34  O Lord, my deliverer!

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