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Psalm 38

Psalm 38

A psalm of David. A prayer.

Lord, don’t correct me when you are angry.
    Don’t punish me when you are burning with anger.
You have wounded me with your arrows.
    You have struck me with your hand.
Because of your anger, my whole body is sick.
    Because of my sin, I’m not healthy.
My guilt has become too much for me.
    It is a load too heavy to carry.

My wounds are ugly. They stink.
    I’ve been foolish. I have sinned.
I am bent over. I’ve been brought very low.
    All day long I go around weeping.
My back is filled with burning pain.
    My whole body is sick.
I am weak and feel as if I’ve been broken in pieces.
    I groan because of the great pain in my heart.

Lord, everything I really want is clearly known to you.
    You always hear me when I sigh.
10 My heart pounds, and my strength is gone.
    My eyes can hardly see.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds.
    My neighbors stay far away from me.
12 Those who are trying to kill me set their traps.
    Those who want to harm me talk about destroying me.
    All day long they make their plans and tell their lies.

13 Like a deaf person, I can’t hear.
    Like someone who can’t speak, I can’t say a word.
14 I’m like someone who doesn’t hear.
    I’m like someone whose mouth can’t make any reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you to help me.
    Lord my God, I know you will answer.
16 I said, “Don’t let my enemies have the joy of seeing me fall.
    Don’t let them brag when my feet slip.”

17 I am about to fall.
    My pain never leaves me.
18 I admit that I have done wrong.
    I am troubled by my sin.
19 Though I have done nothing to cause it, many people have become my enemies.
    They hate me without any reason.
20 They pay me back with evil, even though I was good to them.
    They bring charges against me, though I try only to do what is good.

21 Lord, don’t desert me.
    My God, don’t be far away from me.
22 Lord my Savior,
    come quickly to help me.

Amplified Bible

Psalm 38

Prayer in Time of Discipline.

A Psalm of David; to bring to remembrance.

1O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath,
Nor discipline me in Your burning anger.

For Your arrows have sunk into me and penetrate deeply,
And Your hand has pressed down on me and greatly disciplined me.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation;
There is no health in my bones because of my sin.

For my iniquities have gone over my head [like the waves of a flood];
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.

My wounds are loathsome and foul
Because of my foolishness.

I am bent over and greatly bowed down;
I go about mourning all day long.

For my sides are filled with burning,
And there is no health in my flesh.

I am numb and greatly bruised [deadly cold and completely worn out];
I groan because of the disquiet and moaning of my heart.


Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
10 
My heart throbs violently, my strength fails me;
And as for the light of my eyes, even that has also gone from me.
11 
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my neighbors stand far away.
12 
Those who seek my life lay snares for me,
And those who seek to injure me threaten mischievous things and destruction;
They devise treachery all the day long.

13 
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 
Yes, I am like a man who does not hear,
In whose mouth are no arguments.
15 
For in You, O Lord, I hope;
You will answer, O Lord my God.
16 
For I pray, “May they not rejoice over me,
Who, when my foot slips, would boast against me.”
17 
For I am ready to fall;
My sorrow is continually before me.
18 
For I do confess my guilt and iniquity;
I am filled with anxiety because of my sin.
19 
But my [numerous] enemies are vigorous and strong,
And those who hate me without cause are many.
20 
They repay evil for good, they attack and try to kill me,
Because I follow what is good.
21 
Do not abandon me, O Lord;
O my God, do not be far from me.
22 
Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my Salvation.