Psalm 38 Friday Readings 2
Yahweh, do not rebuke me in your anger, * nor punish me in your annoyance.
For your arrows have sunk into me, * and your arm descended upon me.
There is no soundness in my flesh, * because of your indignation.
There is no wholeness in my bones, * because of my sin.
For my crimes have come down on my head; * like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
My wounds stink and fester * because of my foolishness.
I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; * all day long I go about in gloom.
For my sinews are full of fever, * and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am spent and utterly crushed; * I groan and moan in my heart.
Lord, all my sighing is before you, * and my groaning never leaves your presence.
My heart is fever-racked, * my strength has left me,
even the light of my eyes, * unfortunately is gone from me.
My friends and companions * stand far away from my plague; * my neighbors stand at a distance.
Those who seek my life lay snares; * they who desire my misfortune pursue me.
Ruin and treachery * they ponder all day long.
But I am like a deaf man who cannot hear, * like a dumb man who opens not his mouth.
I have become like a man who does not hear, * and from whose mouth no recriminations come.
But for you, Yahweh, I wait; * my Lord, my God, you will answer
when I say, “Let them not rejoice over me; * or when my foot slips defame me.”
For my iniquity is stationed at my side; * my grief is ever before me.
Yes, I hold my guilt before me; * I am apprehensive because of my sin.
My mortal enemies are powerful; * my treacherous enemies are numerous.
Those who repay me evil for good * slander me when I seek their good.
Do not abandon me, Yahweh; * my God, be not distant from me!
End of Fri Readings 2