(38) A Psalm of David for remembrance concerning the Sabbath-day.
1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath, neither chasten me in thine anger.
2 For thy weapons are fixed in me, and thou hast pressed thy hand heavily upon me.
3 For there is no health in my flesh because of thine anger; there is no peace to my bones because of my sins.
4 For my transgressions have gone over mine head: they have pressed heavily upon me like a weighty burden.
5 My bruises have become noisome and corrupt, because of my foolishness.
6 I have been wretched and bowed down continually: I went with a mourning countenance all the day.
7 For my soul is filled with mockings; and there is no health in my flesh.
8 I have been afflicted and brought down exceedingly: I have roared for the groaning of my heart.
9 But all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hidden from thee.
10 My heart is troubled, my strength has failed me; and the light of mine eyes is not with me.
11 My friends and my neighbours drew near before me, and stood still; and my nearest of kin stood afar off.
12 While they pressed hard upon me that sought my soul: and they that sought my hurt spoke vanities, and devised deceits all the day.
13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and was as a dumb man not opening his mouth.
14 And I was as a man that hears not, and who has no reproofs in his mouth.
15 For I hoped in thee, O Lord: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, Lest mine enemies rejoice against me: for when my feet were moved, they spoke boastingly against me.
17 For I am ready for * Gr. scourges. plagues, and my grief is continually before me.
18 For I will declare mine iniquity, and be distressed for my sin.
19 But mine enemies live, and are mightier than I: and they that hate me unjustly are multiplied.
20 They that reward evil for good slandered me; because I followed righteousness.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: depart not from me.
22 Draw nigh to my help, O Lord of my salvation.
*37:17 Gr. scourges.