| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|Prayer of a Suffering Penitent|
|A Psalm of David, to 1 bring to remembrance.|
| ||O JEHOVAH, rebuke me not in thy wrath;|
Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
| ||For thine arrows stick 2 fast in me,|
And thy hand presseth 3 me sore.
| ||There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation;|
Neither is there any health 4 in my bones because of my sin.
| ||For mine iniquities are gone over my head:|
As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
| ||My wounds are loathsome and corrupt,|
Because of my foolishness.
| ||I am pained 5 and bowed down greatly;|
I go mourning all the day long.
| ||For my loins are filled with burning;|
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
| ||I am faint and sore bruised:|
I have groaned 6 by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
| ||Lord, all my desire is before thee;|
And my groaning is not hid from thee.
| ||My heart throbbeth, my strength faileth me:|
As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
| ||My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague;|
And my kinsmen stand afar off.
| ||They also that seek after my life lay snares for me;|
And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things,
And meditate deceits all the day long.
| ||But I, as a deaf man, hear not;|
And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
| ||Yea, I am as a man that heareth not,|
And in whose mouth are no reproofs. 7
| ||For in thee, O Jehovah, do I hope:|
Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God.
| ||For I said, Lest they rejoice over me:|
When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
| ||For I am ready to fall,|
And my sorrow is continually before me.
| ||For I will declare mine iniquity;|
I will be sorry for my sin.
| ||But mine enemies are lively, and are strong;|
And they that hate me wrongfully 8 are multiplied.
| ||They also that render evil for good|
Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.
| ||Forsake me not, O Jehovah:|
O my God, be not far from me.
| ||Make haste to help me,|
O Lord, my salvation.