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Chapter 38

1A Psalm of David, `To cause to remember.` Jehovah, in Thy wrath reprove me not, Nor in Thy fury chastise me. 2For Thine arrows have come down on me, And Thou lettest down upon me Thy hand. 3Soundness is not in my flesh, Because of Thine indignation, Peace is not in my bones because of my sin. 4For mine iniquities have passed over my head, As a heavy burden -- too heavy for me. 5Stunk -- become corrupt have my wounds, Because of my folly. 6I have been bent down, I have been bowed down -- unto excess, All the day I have gone mourning. 7For my flanks have been full of drought, And soundness is not in my flesh. 8I have been feeble and smitten -- unto excess, I have roared from disquietude of heart. 9Lord, before Thee [is] all my desire, And my sighing from Thee hath not been hid. 10My heart [is] panting, my power hath forsaken me, And the light of mine eyes, Even they are not with me. 11My lovers and my friends over-against my plague stand. And my neighbours afar off have stood. 12And those seeking my soul lay a snare, And those seeking my evil Have spoken mischievous things, And they do deceits meditate all the day. 13And I, as deaf, hear not. And as a dumb one who openeth not his mouth. 14Yea, I am as a man who heareth not, And in his mouth are no reproofs. 15Because for Thee, O Jehovah, I have waited, Thou dost answer, O Lord my God. 16When I said, `Lest they rejoice over me, In the slipping of my foot against me they magnified themselves. 17For I am ready to halt, And my pain [is] before me continually. 18For mine iniquity I declare, I am sorry for my sin. 19And mine enemies [are] lively, They have been strong, and those hating me without cause, Have been multiplied. 20And those paying evil for good accuse me, Because of my pursuing good. 21Do not forsake me, O Jehovah, My God, be not far from me, 22Haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!

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