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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book I
 
XXXVIII
 
Prayer of a Suffering Penitent
 
 
A Psalm of David, to 1 bring to remembrance.
 
 
[1]  O JEHOVAH, rebuke me not in thy wrath;
Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
[2]  For thine arrows stick 2 fast in me,
And thy hand presseth 3 me sore.
[3]  There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation;
Neither is there any health 4 in my bones because of my sin.
[4]  For mine iniquities are gone over my head:
As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
[5]  My wounds are loathsome and corrupt,
Because of my foolishness.
[6]  I am pained 5 and bowed down greatly;
I go mourning all the day long.
[7]  For my loins are filled with burning;
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
[8]  I am faint and sore bruised:
I have groaned 6 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 throbbeth, 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 from my plague;
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 meditate deceits all the day long.
[13]  But I, as a deaf man, hear not;
And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
[14]  Yea, I am as a man that heareth not,
And in whose mouth are no reproofs. 7
[15]  For in thee, O Jehovah, do I hope:
Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God.
[16]  For I said, Lest they rejoice over me:
When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
[17]  For I am ready to fall,
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 are strong;
And they that hate me wrongfully 8 are multiplied.
[20]  They also that render evil for good
Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.
[21]  Forsake me not, O Jehovah:
O my God, be not far from me.
[22]  Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation.
 
Note 1. Or, to make memorial. [back]
Note 2. Heb. lighted on me. [back]
Note 3. Heb. lighted on me. [back]
Note 4. Or, rest. [back]
Note 5. Heb. bent. [back]
Note 6. Heb. roared. [back]
Note 7. Or, arguments. [back]
Note 8. Heb. falsely. [back]
 

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