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Psalms 38

A psalm of David, asking God to remember him.
 1  O LORD, don't rebuke me in your anger
  or discipline me in your rage!
 2  Your arrows have struck deep,
  and your blows are crushing me.
 3  Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
  my health is broken because of my sins.
 4  My guilt overwhelms me—
  it is a burden too heavy to bear.
 5  My wounds fester and stink
  because of my foolish sins.
 6  I am bent over and racked with pain.
  All day long I walk around filled with grief.
 7  A raging fever burns within me,
  and my health is broken.
 8  I am exhausted and completely crushed.
  My groans come from an anguished heart.

 9  You know what I long for, Lord;
  you hear my every sigh.
 10  My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
  and I am going blind.
 11  My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
  Even my own family stands at a distance.
 12  Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.
  Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.
  All day long they plan their treachery.

 13  But I am deaf to all their threats.
  I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
 14  I choose to hear nothing,
  and I make no reply.
 15  For I am waiting for you, O LORD.
  You must answer for me, O Lord my God.
 16  I prayed, "Don't let my enemies gloat over me
  or rejoice at my downfall."

 17  I am on the verge of collapse,
  facing constant pain.
 18  But I confess my sins;
  I am deeply sorry for what I have done.
 19  I have many aggressive enemies;
  they hate me without reason.
 20  They repay me evil for good
  and oppose me for pursuing good.
 21  Do not abandon me, O LORD.
  Do not stand at a distance, my God.
 22  Come quickly to help me,
  O Lord my savior.