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Ketuvim - Writings

Psalms

Chapter 38

1 A Psalm of David, to make memorial.
2 O HaShem, rebuke me not in Thine anger; neither chasten me in Thy wrath.
3 For Thine arrows are gone deep into me, and Thy hand is come down upon me.
4 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Thine indignation; neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.
5 For mine iniquities are gone over my head; as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
6 My wounds are noisome, they fester, because of my foolishness.
7 I am bent and bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day.
8 For my loins are filled with burning; and there is no soundness in my flesh.
9 I am benumbed and sore crushed; I groan by reason of the moaning of my heart.
10 L-rd, all my desire is before Thee; and my sighing is not hid from Thee.
11 My heart fluttereth, my strength faileth me; as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
12 My friends and my companions stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
13 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; and they that seek my hurt speak crafty devices, and utter deceits all the day.
14 But I am as a deaf man, I hear not; and I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
15 Yea, I am become as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no arguments.
16 For in Thee, O HaShem, do I hope; Thou wilt answer, O L-rd my G-d.
17 For I said: 'Lest they rejoice over me; when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.'
18 For I am ready to halt, and my pain is continually before me.
19 For I do declare mine iniquity; I am full of care because of my sin.
20 But mine enemies are strong in health; and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
21 They also that repay evil for good are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.
22 Forsake me not, O HaShem; O my G-d, be not far from me.
23 Make haste to help me, O L-rd, my salvation.
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