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Psalm 38 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

(A psalm by David to be used when an offering is made.)

A Prayer in Times of Trouble

38 When you are angry, Lord,
please don’t punish me
    or even correct me.
You shot me with your arrows,
    and you struck me
    with your hand.

My body hurts all over
    because of your anger.
Even my bones are in pain,
    and my sins are so heavy
    that I am crushed.

Because of my foolishness,
I am covered with sores
    that stink and spread.
My body is twisted and bent,
    and I groan all day long.
Fever has my back in flames,
    and I hurt all over.
    I am worn out and weak,
    moaning and in distress.

You, Lord, know every one
    of my deepest desires,
    and my noisy groans
    are no secret to you.
10 My heart is beating fast.
    I feel weak all over,
    and my eyes are red.

11 Because of my sickness,
    no friends or neighbors
    will come near me.
12 All who want me dead
    set traps to catch me,
and those who want
to harm and destroy me
    plan and plot all day.

13 I am not able to hear
    or speak a word;
14     I am completely deaf
    and can’t make a sound.

15 I trust you, Lord God,
    and you will do something.
16     I said, “Don’t let them laugh
    or brag because I slip.”

17 I am about to collapse
    from constant pain.
18     I told you my sins,
    and I am sorry for them.
19 Many deadly and powerful
    enemies hate me,
20     and they repay evil for good
    because I try to do right.

21 You are the Lord God!
    Stay nearby
    and don’t desert me.
22 You are the one who saves me.
    Please hurry and help.

Psalm 38 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 38[a]

A psalm of David. A petition.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.
My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.

All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
    even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
    my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
    you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

17 For I am about to fall,
    and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b];
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Savior.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 38:1 In Hebrew texts 38:1-22 is numbered 38:2-23.
  2. Psalm 38:19 One Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript; Masoretic Text my vigorous enemies
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