A psalm of David, written to get God’s attention.2
38:1 O Lord, do not continue to rebuke me in your anger!
Do not continue to punish me in your raging fury!3
38:2 For your arrows pierce4 me,
and your hand presses me down.5
38:3 My whole body is sick because of your judgment;6
I am deprived of health because of my sin.7
38:4 For my sins overwhelm me;8
like a heavy load, they are too much for me to bear.
38:5 My wounds9 are infected and starting to smell,10
because of my foolish sins.11
38:6 I am dazed12 and completely humiliated;13
all day long I walk around mourning.
38:7 For I am overcome with shame14
and my whole body is sick.15
38:8 I am numb with pain and severely battered;16
I groan loudly because of the anxiety I feel.17
38:9 O Lord, you understand my heart’s desire;18
my groaning is not hidden from you.
38:10 My heart beats quickly;
my strength leaves me;
I can hardly see.19
38:11 Because of my condition,20 even my friends and acquaintances keep their distance;21
my neighbors stand far away.22
38:12 Those who seek my life try to entrap me;23
those who want to harm me speak destructive words;
all day long they say deceitful things.
38:13 But I am like a deaf man – I hear nothing;
I am like a mute who cannot speak.24
38:14 I am like a man who cannot hear
and is incapable of arguing his defense.25
38:15 Yet26 I wait for you, O Lord!
You will respond, O Lord, my God!
38:16 I have prayed for deliverance, because otherwise they will gloat over me;27
when my foot slips they will arrogantly taunt me.28
38:17 For I am about to stumble,
and I am in constant pain.29
38:18 Yes,30 I confess my wrongdoing,
and I am concerned about my sins.
38:19 But those who are my enemies for no reason are numerous;31
those who hate me without cause outnumber me.32
38:20 They repay me evil for the good I have done;
though I have tried to do good to them, they hurl accusations at me.33
38:21 Do not abandon me, O Lord!
My God, do not remain far away from me!
38:22 Hurry and help me,34 O Lord, my deliverer!