38 Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, And do not punish me in Your burning anger. 2 For Your arrows have sunk deep into me, And Your hand has pressed down on me. 3 There is no healthy part in my flesh because of Your indignation; There is no health in my bones because of my sin. 4 For my guilty deeds have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they weigh too much for me. 5 My [a]wounds grow foul and fester Because of my foolishness. 6 I am bent over and greatly bowed down; I go in mourning all day long. 7 For my [b]sides are filled with burning, And there is no healthy part in my flesh. 8 I feel faint and [c]badly crushed; I [d]groan because of the [e]agitation of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is [f]before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You. 10 My heart throbs, my strength fails me; And the light of my eyes, even [g]that [h]has gone from me. 11 My [i]loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand far away. 12 Those who seek my life lay snares for me; And those who seek to injure me have [j]threatened destruction, And they plot deception all day long.
13 But I, like a person who is deaf, do not hear; And I am like a person who cannot speak, who does not open his mouth. 14 Yes, I am like a person who does not hear, And in whose mouth are no arguments. 15 For I wait for You, Lord; You will answer, Lord my God. 16 For I said, “May they not rejoice over me, Who, when my foot slips, would exalt themselves over me.” 17 For I am ready to fall, And my [k]sorrow is continually before me. 18 For I admit my guilt; I am full of anxiety because of my sin. 19 But my enemies are vigorous and[l]strong, And those who wrongfully hate me are many. 20 And those who repay evil for good, They become my enemies, because I follow what is good. 21 Do not abandon me, Lord; My God, do not be far from me! 22 Hurry to help me, Lord, my salvation!
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