Psalms Quotes

Psalm 38

King James Version

(Lament/Penitential Psalm, by David)

 In bitter anguish, the psalmist pleads for God's mercy.

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Psalm 38 (KJV)

1  O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2  For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

3  There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

4  For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

5  My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

6  I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

7  For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

8  I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared 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 panteth, 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 sore; 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 imagine deceits all the day long.

13  But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14  Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15  For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

16  For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17  For I am ready to halt, 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 they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20  They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

21  Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.

22  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.


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