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Psalm 38

A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.

38 1O Jehovah, rebuke me not in thy wrath;

Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2For thine arrows stick fast in me,

And thy hand presseth me sore.

3There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation;

Neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.

4For mine iniquities are gone over my head:

As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

5My wounds are loathsome and corrupt,

Because of my foolishness.

6I am pained and bowed down greatly;

I go mourning all the day long.

7For my loins are filled with burning;

And there is no soundness in my flesh.

8I am faint and sore bruised:

I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

9Lord, all my desire is before thee;

And my groaning is not hid from thee.

10My heart throbbeth, my strength faileth me:

As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague;

And my kinsmen stand afar off.

12They also that seek after my life lay snares for me;

And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things,

And meditate deceits all the day long.

13But I, as a deaf man, hear not;

And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14Yea, I am as a man that heareth not,

And in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15For in thee, O Jehovah, do I hope:

Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God.

16For I said, Lest they rejoice over me:

When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17For I am ready to fall,

And my sorrow is continually before me.

18For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19But mine enemies are lively, and are strong;

And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20They also that render evil for good

Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.

21Forsake me not, O Jehovah:

O my God, be not far from me.

22Make haste to help me,

O Lord, my salvation.

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