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Psalms 38

A psalm of David. A petition.

1 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
     or discipline me in your wrath.
2 For your arrows have pierced me,
     and your hand has come down upon me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
     my bones have no soundness because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me
     like a burden too heavy to bear.
5 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.
9 All my longings lie open before you, O 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 seek my life set their traps,
     those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
     all day long they plot deception.
13 I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear,
     like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;
14 I have become like a man who does not hear,
     whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 I wait for you, O Lord;
     you will answer, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, "Do not let them gloat
     or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips."
17 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 are those who are my vigorous enemies;
     those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
     slander me when I pursue what is good.
21 O Lord, do not forsake me;
     be not far from me, O my God.
22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.