Psalms Chapter 38 – David moveth God to compassion. (A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.)

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath; neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.


2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.


3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.


4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head; as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.


5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.


6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.


7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome distress; and no soundness is found in my flesh.


8 I am feeble, and broken, and very sore. I have wept by reason of the disquietness of my heart.


9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.


10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me; as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.


11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof because of my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.


12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.


13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.


14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.


15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope; thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.


16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me; when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.


17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.


18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.


19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong; and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.


20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.


21 Forsake me not, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me.


22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.