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Psalms 38 - NIV

[a]A psalm of David. A petition.


Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.

2 Your arrows have pierced me,
and your hand has come down on me.

3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.

4 My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.


My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.

6 I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.

7 My back is filled with searing pain;
there is no health in my body.

8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.


All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.

10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
even the light has gone from my eyes.

11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
my neighbors stay far away.

12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
all day long they scheme and lie.


I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
like the mute, who cannot speak;

14 I have become like one who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.

15 Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.

16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”


For I am about to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.

18 I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.

19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b] ;
those who hate me without reason are numerous.

20 Those who repay my good with evil
lodge accusations against me,
though I seek only to do what is good.


Lord, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.

22 Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.


a. Psalms 38:1 In Hebrew texts 38:1-22 is numbered 38:2-23.
b. Psalms 38:19 One Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript; Masoretic Text my vigorous enemies

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