Psalms 38
Prayer of an Afflicted Sinner
1A psalm of David. For remembrance.
2Lord, do not punish me in your anger;
in your wrath do not chastise me!#Ps 6:2.
3Your arrows have sunk deep in me;#Jb 6:4; Lam 3:12; Ps 31:11; 64:7.
your hand has come down upon me.
4There is no wholesomeness in my flesh because of your anger;
there is no health in my bones because of my sin.#Is 1:5–6.
5My iniquities overwhelm me,
a burden too heavy for me.#Ps 40:13; Ezr 9:6.
6Foul and festering are my sores
because of my folly.
7I am stooped and deeply bowed;#Ps 35:14.
every day I go about mourning.
8My loins burn with fever;
there is no wholesomeness in my flesh.
9I am numb and utterly crushed;
I wail with anguish of heart.#Ps 102:4–6.
10My Lord, my deepest yearning is before you;
my groaning is not hidden from you.
11My heart shudders, my strength forsakes me;
the very light of my eyes has failed.#Ps 6:8; 31:10.
12Friends and companions shun my disease;
my neighbors stand far off.
13Those who seek my life lay snares for me;
they seek my misfortune, they speak of ruin;
they plot treachery every day.
14But I am like the deaf, hearing nothing,
like the mute, I do not open my mouth,
15I am even like someone who does not hear,
who has no answer ready.
16Lord, it is for you that I wait;
O Lord, my God, you respond.#Ps 13:4.
17For I have said that they would gloat over me,
exult over me if I stumble.
18I am very near to falling;
my wounds are with me always.
19I acknowledge my guilt
and grieve over my sin.#Ps 32:5; 51:5.
20My enemies live and grow strong,
those who hate me grow numerous fraudulently,
21Repaying me evil for good,
accusing me for pursuing good.#Ps 109:5.
22Do not forsake me, O Lord;
my God, be not far from me!#Ps 22:2, 12, 20; 35:22.
23Come quickly to help me,#Ps 40:14.
my Lord and my salvation!

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