Psalm 38:1-11

Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

A Psalm of David, for a memorial.

O Lord, rebuke me not in Your wrath,
And chasten me not in Your burning anger.
For Your arrows have sunk deep into me,
And Your hand has pressed down on 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 are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
My [a]wounds grow foul and fester
Because of my folly.
I am bent over and greatly bowed down;
I go mourning all day long.
For my loins are filled with burning,
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am benumbed and [b]badly crushed;
I [c]groan because of the [d]agitation of my heart.

Lord, all my desire is [e]before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
And the light of my eyes, even [f]that [g]has gone from me.
My [h]loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my kinsmen stand afar off.


Footnotes
  1. Psalm 38:5 Or stripes
  2. Psalm 38:8 Or greatly
  3. Psalm 38:8 Lit roar
  4. Psalm 38:8 Lit growling
  5. Psalm 38:9 Or known to You
  6. Psalm 38:10 Lit they have
  7. Psalm 38:10 Lit is not with me
  8. Psalm 38:11 Or lovers

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