Psalm 38
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Psalm 38

38
Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord
A Psalm of David, #Ps. 70, title; [1 Chr. 16:4]for the memorial offering.
1O Lord, #Ps. 6:1rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath!
2For your #Job 6:4 arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand #See Ps. 32:4has come down on me.
3There is #Isa. 1:6 no soundness in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no health in my #See Ps. 31:10bones
because of my sin.
4For my #Ps. 40:12; Ezra 9:6iniquities have gone over my head;
like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
5My wounds stink and fester
because of my foolishness,
6I am #Ps. 35:14; 42:5, 6, 11; 43:5 utterly bowed down and #Isa. 21:3 prostrate;
all the day I #[Job 30:28]go about mourning.
7For my sides are filled with burning,
and there is #[See ver. 3 above]no soundness in my flesh.
8I am feeble and crushed;
I #See Ps. 22:1groan because of the tumult of my heart.
9O Lord, all my longing is before you;
my #Ps. 6:6sighing is not hidden from you.
10My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
and #See Ps. 6:7the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11My #Ps. 88:18; See Job 19:13-20 friends and companions #[Luke 10:31, 32] stand aloof from my #Ps. 39:10; Isa. 53:4, 8 plague,
and my nearest kin #[Matt. 27:55; Mark 15:40; Luke 23:49]stand far off.
12Those who seek my life #[Matt. 22:15]; Mark 12:13; Luke 20:20; See 2 Sam. 17:1-3 lay their snares;
those who seek my hurt #[2 Sam. 16:7, 8] speak of ruin
and meditate #Ps. 35:20treachery all day long.
13But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
like #Ps. 39:2, 9; Isa. 53:7; 1 Pet. 2:23a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14I have become like a man who does not hear,
and in whose mouth are no #[Job 23:4]rebukes.
15But for #Ps. 39:7; [2 Sam. 16:12]you, O Lord, do I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16For I said, “Only #[Ps. 13:4] let them not rejoice over me,
who #See Job 19:5 boast against me when my #Ps. 94:18foot slips!”
17For I am #Ps. 35:15; Jer. 20:10ready to fall,
and my pain is ever before me.
18I #See Ps. 32:5 confess my iniquity;
I am #[2 Cor. 7:9, 10]sorry for my sin.
19But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
and many are those who hate me #Ps. 35:19wrongfully.
20Those who #See Ps. 35:12 render me evil for good
# Ps. 109:4 accuse me because I #[3 John 11]follow after good.
21Do not forsake me, O Lord!
O my God, be not #See Ps. 10:1far from me!
22 # See Ps. 40:13 Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my #See Ps. 27:1salvation!

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