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Psalm 38 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:1 - A Psalm of David, for a memorial.
LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath,
And do not punish me in Your burning anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:2 - For Your arrows have sunk deep into me,
And Your hand has pressed down on me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:3 - There is no healthy part in my flesh because of Your indignation;
There is no health in my bones because of my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:4 - For my guilty deeds have gone over my head;
Like a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:5 - My [fn]wounds grow foul and fester
Because of my foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:6 - I am bent over and greatly bowed down;
I go in mourning all day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:7 - For my [fn]sides are filled with burning,
And there is no healthy part in my flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:8 - I feel faint and [fn]badly crushed;
I [fn]groan because of the [fn]agitation of my heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:9 - Lord, all my desire is [fn]before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:10 - My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
And the light of my eyes, even [fn]that [fn]has gone from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:11 - My [fn]loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my kinsmen stand far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:12 - Those who seek my life lay snares for me;
And those who seek to injure me have [fn]threatened destruction,
And they plot deception all day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:13 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:14 - Yes, I am like a person who does not hear,
And in whose mouth are no arguments.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:15 - For I wait for You, LORD;
You will answer, Lord my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:16 - For I said, “May they not rejoice over me,
Who, when my foot slips, would exalt themselves over me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:17 - For I am ready to fall,
And my [fn]sorrow is continually before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:18 - For I admit my guilt;
I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:19 - But my enemies are vigorous and [fn]strong,
And those who wrongfully hate me are many.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:20 - And those who repay evil for good,
They become my enemies, because I follow what is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:21 - Do not abandon me, LORD;
My God, do not be far from me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:22 - Hurry to help me,
Lord, my salvation!
NASB20 Footnotes
Or stripes
Lit loins
Or greatly
Lit roar
Lit growling
Or known to You
Lit they have
Lit is not with me
Or lovers
Lit spoken
Lit pain
Or numerous

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