|[A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.]||Prayer in Distress. Psalm 38(v37)|
|O LORD, rebuke me not in thy anger, |
nor chasten me in thy wrath!
|For thy arrows have sunk into me, |
and thy hand has come down on me.
|There is no soundness in my flesh because of thy indignation; |
there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
|For my iniquities have gone over my head; |
they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.
|My wounds grow foul and fester |
because of my foolishness,
|I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; |
all the day I go about mourning.
|For my loins are filled with burning, |
and there is no soundness in my flesh.
|I am utterly spent and crushed; |
I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
|Lord, all my longing is known to thee, |
my sighing is not hidden from thee.
|My heart throbs, my strength fails me; |
and the light of my eyes - it also has gone from me.
|My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, |
and my kinsmen stand afar off.
|Those who seek my life lay their snares, |
those who seek my hurt speak of ruin,
and meditate treachery all the day long.
|But I am like a deaf man, I do not hear, |
like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.
|Yea, I am like a man who does not hear, |
and in whose mouth are no rebukes.
|But for thee, O LORD, do I wait; |
it is thou, O LORD my God, who wilt answer.
|For I pray, "Only let them not rejoice over me, |
who boast against me when my foot slips!"
|For I am ready to fall, |
and my pain is ever with me.
|I confess my iniquity, |
I am sorry for my sin.
|Those who are my foes without cause are mighty, |
and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
|Those who render me evil for good are my adversaries |
because I follow after good.
|Do not forsake me, O LORD! |
O my God, be not far from me!
|Make haste to help me, |
O Lord, my salvation!
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