PSALMS     |     CHAPTER 38

1     ¶ A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2     For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
3     There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
4     For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5     My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
6     I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
7     For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8     I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
9     Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10     My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11     My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
12     ¶ They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
13     But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
14     Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15     For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
16     For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
17     For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
18     For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
19     But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
20     They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
21     Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.
22     Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.



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