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Psalm 37

A Psalm of David: for a remembrance of the Sabbath.

O Lord, rebuke me not in Thy wrath, neither chasten me in Thine anger.
For Thine arrows are stuck fast in me, and Thou hast pressed Thine hand heavily upon me.
There is no soundness in my flesh because of Thine anger; neither is there any peace in my bones, because of my sins.
For mine iniquities are gone over my head; as an heavy burden have they pressed heavily upon me.
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
I am become wretched and bowed down greatly; I went with mourning countenance all the day long.
For my loins are filled with mockings, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am troubled and humbled exceedingly; I have roared by reason of the groaning of my heart.
Lord, all my desire is before Thee, and my groaning is not hid from Thee.
My heart is troubled, my strength hath failed me; as for the light of my eyes, it also is not with me.
My friends and my neighbours drew near and stood against me, and my kinsmen stood afar off.
They also that sought after my soul used violence, and they that sought evils for me spake vanities, and imagined deceits all the day long.
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
And I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
For in Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; Thou wilt hear me, O Lord my God.
For I said, Let never my enemies rejoice over me; for when my feet slipped, they magnify their words against me.

For I am ready for scourges, and my sorrow is continually before me.
For I will declare mine iniquity, and take thought for my sin.
But my enemies live, and are stronger than I, and they that hated me wrongfully are multiplied.
They that render me evil for good have slandered me, because I pursued the thing that good is.
Forsake me not, O Lord my God; depart not from me. Give heed unto my help, O Lord of my salvation.