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Psalms - Chapter 38

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.   1

For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me.   2

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

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

My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.   5

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

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

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

All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.   9

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

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

Those who seek my life set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they plot deception.   12

I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;   13

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

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

For I said, "Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips."   16

For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.   17

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

Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous.   19

Those who repay my good with evil slander me when I pursue what is good.   20

O LORD, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God.   21

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

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