38 A psalm of David, written to get God’s attention. 1
O Lord, do not continue to rebuke me in your anger!
Do not continue to punish me in your raging fury! 2
2 For your arrows pierce 3 me,
and your hand presses me down. 4
3 My whole body is sick because of your judgment; 5
I am deprived of health because of my sin. 6
4 For my sins overwhelm me; 7
like a heavy load, they are too much for me to bear.
5 My wounds 8 are infected and starting to smell, 9
because of my foolish sins. 10
6 I am dazed 11 and completely humiliated; 12
all day long I walk around mourning.
7 For I am overcome with shame 13
and my whole body is sick. 14
8 I am numb with pain and severely battered; 15
I groan loudly because of the anxiety I feel. 16
9 O Lord, you understand my heart’s desire; 17
my groaning is not hidden from you.
10 My heart beats quickly;
my strength leaves me;
I can hardly see. 18
11 Because of my condition, 19 even my friends and acquaintances keep their distance; 20
my neighbors stand far away. 21
12 Those who seek my life try to entrap me; 22
those who want to harm me speak destructive words;
all day long they say deceitful things.
13 But I am like a deaf man – I hear nothing;
I am like a mute who cannot speak. 23
14 I am like a man who cannot hear
and is incapable of arguing his defense. 24
15 Yet 25 I wait for you, O Lord!
You will respond, O Lord, my God!
16 I have prayed for deliverance, because otherwise they will gloat over me; 26
when my foot slips they will arrogantly taunt me. 27
17 For I am about to stumble,
and I am in constant pain. 28
18 Yes, 29 I confess my wrongdoing,
and I am concerned about my sins.
19 But those who are my enemies for no reason are numerous; 30
those who hate me without cause outnumber me. 31
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. 32
21 Do not abandon me, O Lord!
My God, do not remain far away from me!
22 Hurry and help me, 33 O Lord, my deliverer!
39 For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David.
I decided, 1 “I will watch what I say
and make sure I do not sin with my tongue. 2
I will put a muzzle over my mouth
while in the presence of an evil man.” 3
2 I was stone silent; 4
I held back the urge to speak. 5
My frustration grew; 6
3 my anxiety intensified. 7
As I thought about it, I became impatient. 8
Finally I spoke these words: 9
4 “O Lord, help me understand my mortality
and the brevity of life! 10
Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! 11
5 Look, you make my days short-lived, 12
and my life span is nothing from your perspective. 13
Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor. 14
6 Surely people go through life as mere ghosts. 15
Surely they accumulate worthless wealth
without knowing who will eventually haul it away.” 16
7 But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying?
You are my only hope! 17
8 Deliver me from all my sins of rebellion!
Do not make me the object of fools’ insults!
9 I am silent and cannot open my mouth
because of what you have done. 18
10 Please stop wounding me! 19
You have almost beaten me to death! 20
11 You severely discipline people for their sins; 21
like a moth you slowly devour their strength. 22
Surely all people are a mere vapor. (Selah)
12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!
Listen to my cry for help!
Do not ignore my sobbing! 23
For I am dependent on you, like one residing outside his native land;
I am at your mercy, just as all my ancestors were. 24
13 Turn your angry gaze away from me, so I can be happy
before I pass away. 25