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Psalm 38 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:1 - A psalm of David, asking God to remember him.

O LORD, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:2 - Your arrows have struck deep,
and your blows are crushing me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:3 - Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
my health is broken because of my sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:4 - My guilt overwhelms me—
it is a burden too heavy to bear.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:5 - My wounds fester and stink
because of my foolish sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:6 - I am bent over and racked with pain.
All day long I walk around filled with grief.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:7 - A raging fever burns within me,
and my health is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:8 - I am exhausted and completely crushed.
My groans come from an anguished heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:9 - You know what I long for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:10 - My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
and I am going blind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:11 - My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
Even my own family stands at a distance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:12 - Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.
Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.
All day long they plan their treachery.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:13 - But I am deaf to all their threats.
I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:14 - I choose to hear nothing,
and I make no reply.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:15 - For I am waiting for you, O LORD.
You must answer for me, O Lord my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:16 - I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me
or rejoice at my downfall.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:17 - I am on the verge of collapse,
facing constant pain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:18 - But I confess my sins;
I am deeply sorry for what I have done.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:19 - I have many aggressive enemies;
they hate me without reason.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:20 - They repay me evil for good
and oppose me for pursuing good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:21 - Do not abandon me, O LORD.
Do not stand at a distance, my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 38:22 - Come quickly to help me,
O Lord my savior.

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