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Psalms 38

1 The burden of suffering

A Psalm of David, Ps. 70, titleto bring to remembrance.

Ps. 6:1O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2 For Job 6:4thine arrows stick fast in me, And Ps. 32:4thy hand presseth me sore.

3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; Ps. 6:2Neither is there any [a]rest in my bones because of my sin.

4 For Ezra 9:6mine iniquities are gone over mine head: As a heavy burden they are too Mat. 11:28heavy for me.

5 My wounds stink and are corrupt Because of my foolishness.

6 I am [b]troubled; Ps. 35:14I am bowed down greatly; Job 30:28I go mourning all the day long.

7 For my loins are filled with a Job 7:5loathsome disease: And there is no soundness in my flesh.

8 I am feeble and sore broken: Job 3:24I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; And my groaning is not hid from thee.

10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: As for Ps. 6:7the light of mine eyes, it also [c]is gone from me.

11 Ps. 31:11My lovers and my friends Luke 10:31stand aloof from my [d]sore; And [e]my kinsmen Luke 23:49stand afar off.

12 They also that seek after my life 2 Sam. 17:1lay snares for me: And they that seek my hurt 2 Sam. 16:7speak mischievous things, And imagine deceits all the day long.

13 But 2 Sam. 16:10I, as a deaf man, heard not; Ps. 39:2,9And I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, And in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15 For [f]in thee, O Lord, Ps. 39:7do I hope: Thou wilt [g]hear, O Lord my God.

16 For I said, Hear me, Ps. 13:4lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: When my foot slippeth, they Ps. 35:26magnify themselves against me.

17 For I am ready [h]to halt, And my sorrow is continually before me.

18 For I will Prov. 28:13declare mine iniquity; I will be 2 Cor. 7:9sorry for my sin.

19 But mine enemies [i]are lively, and they are strong: And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20 They also Ps. 35:12that render evil for good are mine adversaries; Because I follow the thing that good is.

21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, Ps. 35:22be not far from me.

22 Make haste [j]to help me, O Lord my salvation.

23 In time of trouble


a. Psalms 38:3 Heb. peace, or, health
b. Psalms 38:6 Heb. wried
c. Psalms 38:10 Heb. is not with me
d. Psalms 38:11 Heb. stroke
e. Psalms 38:11 Or, my neighbours
f. Psalms 38:15 Or, thee do I wait for
g. Psalms 38:15 Or, answer
h. Psalms 38:17 Heb. for halting
i. Psalms 38:19 Heb. being living, are strong
j. Psalms 38:22 Heb. for my help