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Psalm 38

A Penitent Sufferer’s Plea for Healing

A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.
1Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
   or discipline me in your wrath.
2 For your arrows have sunk into me,
   and your hand has come down on me.


3 There is no soundness in my flesh
   because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
   because of my sin.
4 For my iniquities have gone over my head;
   they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.


5 My wounds grow foul and fester
   because of my foolishness;
6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
   all day long I go around mourning.
7 For my loins are filled with burning,
   and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am utterly spent and crushed;
   I groan because of the tumult of my heart.


9 O Lord, all my longing is known to you;
   my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
   as for the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction,
   and my neighbours stand far off.


12 Those who seek my life lay their snares;
   those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin,
   and meditate treachery all day long.


13 But I am like the deaf, I do not hear;
   like the mute, who cannot speak.
14 Truly, I am like one who does not hear,
   and in whose mouth is no retort.


15 But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait;
   it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I pray, ‘Only do not let them rejoice over me,
   those who boast against me when my foot slips.’


17 For I am ready to fall,
   and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
   I am sorry for my sin.
19 Those who are my foes without cause* are mighty,
   and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 Those who render me evil for good
   are my adversaries because I follow after good.


21 Do not forsake me, O Lord;
   O my God, do not be far from me;
22 make haste to help me,
   O Lord, my salvation.
25 My soul clings to the dust;
   revive me according to your word.
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
   teach me your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,
   and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow;
   strengthen me according to your word.
29 Put false ways far from me;
   and graciously teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
   I set your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to your decrees, O Lord;
   let me not be put to shame.
32 I run the way of your commandments,
   for you enlarge my understanding.


33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
   and I will observe it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
   and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
   for I delight in it.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees,
   and not to selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
   give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
   which is for those who fear you.
39 Turn away the disgrace that I dread,
   for your ordinances are good.
40 See, I have longed for your precepts;
   in your righteousness give me life.


41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
   your salvation according to your promise.
42 Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me,
   for I trust in your word.
43 Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
   for my hope is in your ordinances.
44 I will keep your law continually,
   for ever and ever.
45 I shall walk at liberty,
   for I have sought your precepts.
46 I will also speak of your decrees before kings,
   and shall not be put to shame;
47 I find my delight in your commandments,
   because I love them.
48 I revere your commandments, which I love,
   and I will meditate on your statutes.

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