Psalm 38

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger:
    nor chasten me in your fierce displeasure.
2 For your arrows have been aimed against me:
    and your hand has come down heavy upon me.
3 There is no health in my flesh because of your indignation:
    nor soundness in my bones, by reason of my sin.
4 The tide of my iniquities has gone over my head:
    their weight is a burden too heavy for me to bear.
5 My wounds stink and fester:
    because of my foolishness.
6 I am bowed down and brought so low:
    that I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with a burning pain:
    and there is no sound part in all my body.
8 I am numbed and stricken to the ground:
    I cry aloud in the yearning of my heart.
9 O Lord, all I long for is before you:
    and my deep sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart is in tumult, my strength fails me:
    and even the light of my eyes has gone from me.
11 My friends and my companions hold aloof from my affliction:
    and my neighbours stand far off.
12 Those who seek my life strike at me:
    and those that desire my hurt spread evil tales, and murmur slanders all the day.
13 But I am like one who is deaf and hears nothing:
    like those that are dumb, who do not open their mouths.
14 So I have become as one who cannot hear:
    in whose mouth there is no retort.
15 For in you, Lord, have I put my trust:
    and you will answer me, O Lord my God.
16 For I prayed 'Let them never exult over me:
    those who turn arrogant when my foot slips.'
17 Truly, I am ready to fall:
    and my pain is with me continually.
18 But I acknowledge my wickedness:
    and I am filled with sorrow at my sin.
19 Those that are my enemies without cause are great in number:
    and those who hate me wrongfully are many.
20 Those also who repay evil for good are against me:
    because I seek after good.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord, go not far from me, my God:
    hasten to my help, O Lord my salvation.