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Psalm 38

English Standard Version

1 A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering. O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! (1Ch 16:4; Ps 6:1; Ps 70:1) 2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. (Job 6:4; Ps 32:4) 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. (Ps 31:10; Isa 1:6) 4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. (Ezr 9:6; Ps 40:12) 5 My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, 6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. (Job 30:28; Ps 35:14; Ps 42:5; Ps 42:11; Ps 43:5; Isa 21:3) 7 For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. (Ps 38:3) 8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. (Ps 22:1) 9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. (Ps 6:6) 10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me. (Ps 6:7) 11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off. (Job 19:13; Ps 39:10; Ps 88:18; Isa 53:4; Isa 53:8; Mt 27:55; Mr 15:40; Lu 10:31; Lu 23:49) 12 Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long. (2Sa 16:7; 2Sa 17:1; Ps 35:20; Mt 22:15; Mr 12:13; Lu 20:20) 13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth. (Ps 39:2; Ps 39:9; Isa 53:7; 1Pe 2:23) 14 I have become like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no rebukes. (Job 23:4) 15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. (2Sa 16:12; Ps 39:7) 16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!” (Job 19:5; Ps 13:4; Ps 94:18) 17 For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me. (Ps 35:15; Jer 20:10) 18 I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. (Ps 32:5; 2Co 7:9) 19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. (Ps 35:19) 20 Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good. (Ps 35:12; Ps 109:4; 3Jo 1:11) 21 Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! (Ps 10:1) 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! (Ps 27:1; Ps 40:13)