A Burden Too Heavy for Me
1A psalm of David, for a memorial.
2Adonai, do not rebuke me in Your anger or discipline me in Your wrath.
3For Your arrows have sunk deep into me and Your hand has pressed down on me.
4There is no health in my flesh because of Your indignation. There is no wholeness in my bones because of my sin.
5For my iniquities are on my head— like a burden too heavy for me.
6My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness.
7I am bent over, bowed down greatly. All day I walk about in mourning.
8For my heart is filled with burning pain, and there is no health in my body.
9I am numb and utterly crushed. I groan because of anguish in my heart.
10My Lord, all my longing is before You, and my sighing is not hidden from You.
11My heart pounds, my strength fails me. The light of my eyes—also, not with me.
12My friends and my companions stay away from my wound, and my kinsmen stand far off.
13They who seek my life set traps. Those who seek my hurt threaten destruction, uttering lies all day.
14But I, like someone deaf, hear nothing, like a mute, not opening his mouth.
15Yes, I am like one who cannot hear, whose mouth has no arguments.
16But I wait for You, Adonai— You will answer, O Lord my God.
17For I said: “Don’t let them gloat over me or exalt themselves over me, when my foot slips.”
18For I am about to fall, and my pain is before me constantly.
19So I confess my guilt. I am troubled because of my sin.
20My lively enemies are numerous. Many hate me wrongfully.
21Those who repay evil for good oppose me because I pursue what is good.
22Do not forsake me, Adonai. O my God, be not far from me.
23Hurry to my aid, my Lord, my salvation.