Psalms 38

A Psalm of Dawid, to bring to remembrance.

1 O יהוה, rebuke me not in Your wrath; nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.

2 For Your arrows stick fast in me, and Your hand presseth me sore.

3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head; as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

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

6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease; and there is no soundness in my flesh.

8 I am feeble and sore broken; I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

9 My Lord (Adonai), all my desire is before You; and my groaning is not hidden from You.

10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me; as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11 My love ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and 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 in You, O יהוה, do I hope; You wilt hear, O Lord (Adonai) my God (Elohim).

16 For I said, “Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me; when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.”

17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong; and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

21 Forsake me not, O יהוה; O my God (Elohim), be not far from me.

22 Make haste to help me, O Lord (Adonai) my deliverance.