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Tehillim 38 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

38 (Mizmor Dovid. For the memorial portion of the mincha) Hashem, rebuke me not in Thy wrath; neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure.

(3) For Thine khitzim (arrows) pierce me, and Thy Yad presseth upon me.

(4) There is no health in my basar because of Thine anger; neither is there any shalom in my atzmot because of my chattat.

(5) For mine avonot (iniquities) are gone over mine head; as a weighty massa (burden) they are too heavy for me.

(6) My chaburot (wounds) are foul and festering because of my wicked folly.

(7) I am bent down; I am brought low ad me’od; I go about mourning all day long.

(8) For my loins are filled with burning; and there is no health in my basar.

(9) I am feeble and broken ad me’od; I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my lev.

(10) Adonoi, all my ta’avah (desire, longing) is before Thee; and my groaning is not hid from Thee.

10 (11) My lev panteth, my ko’ach faileth me; as for the ohr of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11 (12) My loved ones and my re’a stand aloof from my nega [see Isa 53:8 on Moshiach’s nega]; and my neighbors stand afar off.

12 (13) They also that seek after my nefesh lay snares for me; and they that seek my hurt speak of ruin, and plot mirmot (deceptions, deceits) all the day long.

13 (14) But I, like a cheresh (deaf man), heard not; and I was like a mute that openeth not his mouth.

14 (15) Thus I was like an ish that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no tokhachot (reproofs).

15 (16) For I wait for Thee, Hashem; Thou wilt hear, Adonoi Elohai.

16 (17) For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should gloat over me; when my regel slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17 (18) For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is before me tamid.

18 (19) For I will declare mine avon; I will be in anguish over my chattat.

19 (20) But mine oveyim are chayyim (vigorous), and they are strong; and they that hate me sheker (wrongfully) are multiplied.

20 (21) They also that repay ra’ah for tovah are mine adversaries; because I pursue the thing that is tov.

21 (22) Forsake me not, Hashem Elohai; be not far from me.

22 (23) Make haste to help me, Adonoi Teshuati (L-rd of my salvation).

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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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