Psalm 38

A Psalm of David for remembrance concerning the Sabbath-day.

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath, neither chasten me in thine anger. 2 For thy weapons are fixed in me, and thou hast pressed thy hand heavily upon me.

3 For there is no health in my flesh because of thine anger; there is no peace to my bones because of my sins. 4 For my transgressions have gone over mine head: they have pressed heavily upon me like a weighty burden. 5 My bruises have become noisome and corrupt, because of my foolishness. 6 I have been wretched and bowed down continually: I went with a mourning countenance all the day. 7 For my soul is filled with mockings; and there is no health in my flesh. 8 I have been afflicted and brought down exceedingly: I have roared for the groaning of my heart.

9 But all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hidden from thee. 10 My heart is troubled, my strength has failed me; and the light of mine eyes is not with me. 11 My friends and my neighbours drew near before me, and stood still; and my nearest of kin stood afar off. 12 While they pressed hard upon me that sought my soul: and they that sought my hurt spoke vanities, and devised deceits all the day. 13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and was as a dumb man not opening his mouth. 14 And I was as a man that hears not, and who has no reproofs in his mouth.

15 For I hoped in thee, O Lord: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. 16 For I said, Lest mine enemies rejoice against me: for when my feet were moved, they spoke boastingly against me. 17 For I am ready for 1plagues, and my grief is continually before me. 18 For I will declare mine iniquity, and be distressed for my sin. 19 But mine enemies live, and are mightier than I: and they that hate me unjustly are multiplied. 20 They that reward evil for good slandered me; because I followed righteousness. 21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: depart not from me. 22 Draw nigh to my help, O Lord of my salvation.

Psalm 39

For the end, a Song of David, to Idithun.

1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I set a guard on my mouth, while the sinner stood in my presence. 2 I was dumb, and humbled myself, and kept silence from good words; and my grief was renewed. 3 My heart grew hot


within me, and a fire would kindle in my meditation: I spoke with my tongue,

4 O Lord, make me to know mine end, and the number of my days, what it is; that I may know what I lack. 5 Behold, thou hast made my days 2old; and my existence is as nothing before thee: nay, every man living is altogether vanity. Pause. 6 Surely man walks in a 3shadow; nay, he is disquieted in vain: he lays up treasures, and knows not for whom he shall gather them.

7 And now what is my expectation? is it not the Lord? and my ground of hope is with thee. Pause. 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: thou hast made me a reproach to the foolish. 9 I was 4dumb, and opened not my mouth; for thou art he that made me. 10 Remove thy scourges from me: I have fainted by reason of the strength of thine hand. 11 Thou chastenest man with rebukes for iniquity, and thou makest his life to consume away like a spider's web; nay, every man is disquieted in vain. Pause.

12 O Lord, hearken to my prayer and my supplication: attend to my tears: be not silent, for I am a sojourner in the land, and a stranger, as all my fathers were. 13 Spare me, that I may be refreshed, before I depart, and be no more.

1 Gr. scourges.

2 Alex. a span long.

3 Gr. image.

4 Gr. made dumb.


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