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Psalm 38 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 38[a]

Prayer of an Afflicted Sinner

A psalm of David. For remembrance.

I

Lord, do not punish me in your anger;
    in your wrath do not chastise me!
Your arrows have sunk deep in me;
    your hand has come down upon me.
There is no wholesomeness in my flesh because of your anger;
    there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
My iniquities overwhelm me,
    a burden too heavy for me.

II

Foul and festering are my sores
    because of my folly.
I am stooped and deeply bowed;
    every day I go about mourning.
My loins burn with fever;
    there is no wholesomeness in my flesh.
I am numb and utterly crushed;
    I wail with anguish of heart.
10 My Lord, my deepest yearning is before you;
    my groaning is not hidden from you.
11 My heart shudders, my strength forsakes me;
    the very light of my eyes has failed.
12 Friends and companions shun my disease;
    my neighbors stand far off.
13 Those who seek my life lay snares for me;
    they seek my misfortune, they speak of ruin;
    they plot treachery every day.

III

14 But I am like the deaf, hearing nothing,
    like the mute, I do not open my mouth,
15 I am even like someone who does not hear,
    who has no answer ready.
16 Lord, it is for you that I wait;
    O Lord, my God, you respond.
17 For I have said that they would gloat over me,
    exult over me if I stumble.

IV

18 I am very near to falling;
    my wounds are with me always.
19 I acknowledge my guilt
    and grieve over my sin.
20 My enemies live and grow strong,
    those who hate me grow numerous fraudulently,
21 Repaying me evil for good,
    accusing me for pursuing good.
22 Do not forsake me, O Lord;
    my God, be not far from me!
23 Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my salvation!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 38 In this lament, one of the Penitential Psalms (cf. Ps 6), the psalmist acknowledges the sin that has brought physical and mental sickness and social ostracism. There is no one to turn to for help; only God can undo the past and restore the psalmist.
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Psalm 38 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 38[a]

A psalm of David. A petition.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.
My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.

All my longings lie open before you, 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 want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
    you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

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 have become my enemies without cause[b];
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Savior.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 38:1 In Hebrew texts 38:1-22 is numbered 38:2-23.
  2. Psalm 38:19 One Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript; Masoretic Text my vigorous enemies
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