Psalms 38

Psalms 38

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1 A psalm of David, to bring us to the LORD's remembrance. O LORD, don't rebuke me in your anger! Don't discipline me in your rage!

2 Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me.

3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins.

4 My guilt overwhelms me-- it is a burden too heavy to bear.

5 My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins.

6 I am bent over and racked with pain. My days are filled with grief.

7 A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken.

8 I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.

9 You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.

10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind.

11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family stands at a distance.

12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps for me; they make plans to ruin me. They think up treacherous deeds all day long.

13 But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.

14 I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply.

15 For I am waiting for you, O LORD. You must answer for me, O Lord my God.

16 I prayed, "Don't let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall."

17 I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain.

18 But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.

19 My enemies are many; they hate me though I have done nothing against them.

20 They repay me evil for good and oppose me because I stand for the right.

21 Do not abandon me, LORD. Do not stand at a distance, my God.

22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.

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New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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