1 A psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.(38:2)O Lord, correct me not in thy wrath, nor chastise me in thy fury.
2 (38:3)For thy arrows have penetrated into me, and thy hand presseth down upon me.
3 (38:4)There is no soundness in my flesh because of thy indignation: there is no peace in my bones because of my sin.
4 (38:5)For my iniquities are passed over my head, as a heavy burden are they too heavy for me.
5 (38:6)Foul, corrupt are my bruises because of my folly.
6 (38:7)I am bent double; I am bowed down to the utmost; all the day long I go about full of grief.
7 (38:8)For my loins are filled with a burning disease, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 (38:9)I am made faint and crushed to the utmost; I cry aloud because of the groaning of my heart.
9 (38:10)Lord, before thee is all my longing; and my sighing is from thee not hidden.
10 (38:11)My heart is restless, my strength hath left me; and the light of my eyesthat also is no more with me.
11 (38:12)My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 (38:13)They also that seek after my life lay snares; and they that wish for my mishap speak wicked falsehoods; and deceits do they devise all the day long.
13 (38:14)But I, as a deaf man, hear not; and I am as a dumb man that cannot open his mouth.
14 (38:15)Thus am I as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no words of defence.
15 (38:16)For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt answer, O Lord my God.
16 (38:17)For I said, Perhaps they might rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they might magnify themselves over me.
17 (38:18)For I am prepared for my downfall, and my pain is continually before me.
18 (38:19)For I will tell of my iniquity; I will be grieved because of my sin.
19 (38:20)But my enemies are strong in life; and numerous are those that hate me wrongfully;
20 (38:21)They also that repay me evil in lieu of good; they hate me bitterly because I pursue what is good.
21 (38:22)Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.
22 (38:23)Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.