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Psalm 38

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David moves God to take compassion on his pitiful case. chronological insert: Sin, illness - 2 Samuel 12:13

A Psalm by David, for a memorial.

38:1 Yahweh, donít rebuke me in your wrath,
neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

38:2 For your arrows have pierced me,
your hand presses hard on me.

38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation,
neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.

38:4 For my iniquities have gone over my head.
As a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

38:5 My wounds are loathsome and corrupt,
because of my foolishness.

38:6 I am pained and bowed down greatly.
I go mourning all day long.

38:7 For my waist is filled with burning.
There is no soundness in my flesh.

38:8 I am faint and severely bruised.
I have groaned by reason of the anguish of my heart.

38:9 Lord, all my desire is before you.
My groaning is not hidden from you.

38:10 My heart throbs.
My strength fails me.
As for the light of my eyes, it has also left me.

38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague.
My kinsmen stand far away.

38:12 They also who seek after my life lay snares.
Those who seek my hurt speak mischievous things,
and meditate deceits all day long.

38:13 But I, as a deaf man, donít hear.
I am as a mute man who doesnít open his mouth.

38:14 Yes, I am as a man who doesnít hear,
in whose mouth are no reproofs.

38:15 For in you, Yahweh, do I hope.
You will answer, Lord my God.

38:16 For I said,

ďDonít let them gloat over me,
or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.Ē

38:17 For I am ready to fall.
My pain is continually before me.

38:18 For I will declare my iniquity.
I will be sorry for my sin.

38:19 But my enemies are vigorous and many.
Those who hate me without reason are numerous.

38:20 They who also render evil for good are adversaries to me,
because I follow what is good.

38:21 Donít forsake me, Yahweh.
My God, donít be far from me.

38:22 Hurry to help me,
Lord, my salvation.

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