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Psalm 38 Living Bible (TLB)

38 O Lord, don’t punish me while you are angry! Your arrows have struck deep; your blows are crushing me. 3-4 Because of your anger, my body is sick, my health is broken beneath my sins. They are like a flood, higher than my head; they are a burden too heavy to bear. 5-6 My wounds are festering and full of pus. Because of my sins, I am bent and racked with pain. My days are filled with anguish. My loins burn with inflammation,[a] and my whole body is diseased. I am exhausted and crushed; I groan in despair.[b]

Lord, you know how I long for my health once more. 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 are trying to kill me. They plot my ruin and spend all their waking hours planning treachery. 13-14 But I am deaf to all their threats; I am silent before them as a man who cannot speak. I have nothing to say. 15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord my God. Come and protect me. 16 Put an end to their arrogance, these who gloat when I am cast down!

17 How constantly I find myself upon the verge of sin;[c] this source of sorrow always stares me in the face. 18 I confess my sins; I am sorry for what I have done. 19 But my enemies persecute with vigor and continue to hate me—though I have done nothing against them to deserve it. 20 They repay me evil for good and hate me for standing for the right.

21 Don’t leave me, Lord; don’t go away! 22 Come quickly! Help me, O my Savior.


  1. Psalm 38:7 My loins burn with inflammation, implied.
  2. Psalm 38:8 in despair, or “because of the pains in my heart.”
  3. Psalm 38:17 How constantly I find myself upon the verge of sin, literally, “I am ready to fall.”
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