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Psalm 38 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Prayer in Time of Chastening
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:1 - A Psalm of David. To bring to remembrance.

O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath,
Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:2 - For Your arrows pierce me deeply,
And Your hand presses me down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:3 - There is no soundness in my flesh
Because of Your anger,
Nor any health in my bones
Because of my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:4 - For my iniquities have gone over my head;
Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:5 - My wounds are foul and festering
Because of my foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:6 - I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly;
I go mourning all the day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:7 - For my loins are full of inflammation,
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:8 - I am feeble and severely broken;
I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:9 - Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:10 - My heart pants, my strength fails me;
As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:11 - My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague,
And my relatives stand afar off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:12 - Those also who seek my life lay snares for me;
Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction,
And plan deception all the day long.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:13 - But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:14 - Thus I am like a man who does not hear,
And in whose mouth is no response.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:15 - For in You, O LORD, I hope;
You will hear, O Lord my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:16 - For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me,
Lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:17 - For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:18 - For I will declare my iniquity;
I will be in anguish over my sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:19 - But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong;
And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:20 - Those also who render evil for good,
They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:21 - Do not forsake me, O LORD;
O my God, be not far from me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:22 - Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation!

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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