Tehillim (Psa) 38
1A psalm of David, serving as a reminder:
2Adonai, don’t rebuke me when you are angry
or discipline me when you are enraged,
3for your arrows penetrate me deeply,
and your hand is pressing me down.
4Your indignation left no part of me intact;
my sin made my whole body sick;
5for my iniquities loom high over my head
as a heavy burden, too heavy for me.
6I have stinking, festering wounds
because of my foolishness.
7I am bent down, prostrate completely;
I go about mourning all day long.
8For my insides burn with fever,
and my whole body is sick.
9I am numb, completely crushed;
my anguished heart makes me groan aloud.
10Adonai, all my longing is known to you;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
11My heart is throbbing, my strength is gone,
and the light in my eyes has left me.
12My friends and companions shun my disease;
even the closest keep their distance.
13Those seeking my life lay snares for me,
those seeking to harm me speak of disaster
and think up deceptions all day long.
14But I’m like a deaf man — I don’t hear it;
and, like a mute, I don’t say a word.
15Yes, I’ve become like a man who doesn’t hear
and in whose mouth are no defenses.
16For it is in you, Adonai, that I hope.
You will answer, Adonai my God.
17I said, “Don’t let them gloat over me
or boast against me when my foot slips.”
18For I am about to fall,
and my pain is always with me.
19I acknowledge my guilt,
I am anxious because of my sin.
20But my enemies are alive and well,
those who wrongfully hate me increase their numbers;
21and, since they repay good with evil,
they oppose me because I pursue good.
22Don’t abandon me, Adonai!
My God, don’t be far from me!
23Come quickly to help me,
Adonai, my salvation!
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