A Psalm. Of David. To keep in memory.
O Lord, be not bitter with me in your wrath; let not your
hand be on me in the heat of your passion.
For your arrows have gone into my flesh,
and I am crushed under the weight of your hand.
My flesh is wasted because of your wrath;
and there is no peace in my bones because of my sin.
For my crimes have gone over my head; they
are like a great weight which is more than my strength.
My wounds are poisoned and evil-smelling,
because of my foolish behaviour.
I am troubled, I am made low; I go weeping
all the day.
For my body is full of burning; all my
flesh is unhealthy.
I am feeble and crushed down; I gave a cry
like a lion because of the grief in my heart.
Lord, all my desire is before you; my
sorrow is not kept secret from you.
My heart goes out in pain, my strength is
wasting away; as for the light of my eyes, it is gone from
My lovers and my friends keep away from my disease; my
relations keep far away.
Those who have a desire to take my life
put nets for me; those who are designing my destruction say
evil things against me, all the day their minds are full of
But I kept my ears shut like a man without hearing; like a
man without a voice, never opening his mouth.
So I was like a man whose ears are shut,
and in whose mouth there are no sharp words.
In you, O Lord, is my hope: you will give
me an answer, O Lord, my God.
I said, Let them not be glad over me;
when my foot is moved, let them not be lifted up with pride
My feet are near to falling, and my
sorrow is ever before me.
I will make clear my wrongdoing, with
sorrow in my heart for my sin.
But they are strong who have hate for me
without cause: those who are against me falsely are
increased in numbers.
They give me back evil for good; they are
my haters because I go after the thing which is right.
Do not give me up, O Lord; O my God, be
near to me.
Come quickly to give me help, O Lord, my