Psalm 38 J. H.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Put me not to rebuke, O Lord, in thy provokèd ire; And in thy wrath correct me not, I humbly thee desire.
2 Thy arrows do stick fast in me, thy hand doth press me sore; And in my flesh no health at all appeareth any more.
3 And all this is by reason of thy wrath that I am in; Not any rest is in my bones by reason of my sin.
4 For lo, my wicked doings, Lord, above my head are gone; A greater load than I can bear, they lie me sore upon.
5 My wounds do stink, and are corrupt, and loathsome are to see; Which all through my own foolishness doth happen unto me.
6 And I in careful wise am brought into such great distress, That I go wailing all the day in doleful heaviness.
7 My loins are filled with sore disease, my flesh hath no whole part; I feeble am, and broken sore, and roar for grief of heart.
8 Thou know'st, Lord, my desire, my groans are open in thy sight; My heart doth pant, my strength doth fail, my eyes have lost their light.
9 My lovers and my wonted friends stand looking on my woe; My kinsmen they do far away from me depart also.
10 They that do seek my life lay snares, and they that go the way To do me hurt, speak lies, and think on mischief all the day.
The Second Part
11 But as a deaf man I became, that cannot hear at all; And as one dumb, that opens not his mouth to speak withal.
12 For all my confidence, O Lord, I wholly place in thee; Therefore, O Lord, who art my God, do thou give ear to me.
13 This do I crave, that they my foes triumph not over me; For when my foot doth slip, then they rejoice my fall to see.
14 And I am ready for to halt, I cannot stand upright; Also my grievous heaviness is ever in my sight.
15 For while that I my wickedness in humble wise confess, And while I for my sinful deeds my sorrows do express,
16 My foes do still remain alive, and mighty are, I know; And they that hate me wrongfully, in number largely grow.
17 They stand against me, that my good with evil do repay; Because that good and honest things I do pursue always.
18 Forsake me not, O Lord my God, be thou not far away; Make haste to help me, O my God, my safety and my stay.