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Psalm 38 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Prayer of a Sufferer[a]

38 O Lord, don't punish me in your anger!
You have wounded me with your arrows;
    you have struck me down.

Because of your anger, I am in great pain;
    my whole body is diseased because of my sins.
I am drowning in the flood of my sins;
    they are a burden too heavy to bear.

Because I have been foolish,
    my sores stink and rot.
I am bent over, I am crushed;
    I mourn all day long.
I am burning with fever
    and I am near death.
I am worn out and utterly crushed;
    my heart is troubled, and I groan with pain.

O Lord, you know what I long for;
    you hear all my groans.
10 My heart is pounding, my strength is gone,
    and my eyes have lost their brightness.
11 My friends and neighbors will not come near me,
    because of my sores;
    even my family keeps away from me.
12 Those who want to kill me lay traps for me,
    and those who want to hurt me threaten to ruin me;
    they never stop plotting against me.

13 I am like the deaf and cannot hear,
    like the dumb and cannot speak.
14 I am like those who do not answer,
    because they cannot hear.

15 But I trust in you, O Lord;
    and you, O Lord my God, will answer me.
16 Don't let my enemies gloat over my distress;
    don't let them boast about my downfall!
17 I am about to fall
    and am in constant pain.

18 I confess my sins;
    they fill me with anxiety.
19 My enemies are healthy and strong;
    there are many who hate me for no reason.
20 Those who pay back evil for good
    are against me because I try to do right.

21 Do not abandon me, O Lord;
    do not stay away, my God!
22 Help me now, O Lord my savior!


  1. Psalm 38:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David; a lament.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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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.


  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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