Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.
A Psalm of David, for a memorial.
1O Lord, rebuke me not in Thy wrath;
2For Thine arrows have sunk deep into me,
3There is no soundness in my flesh because of Thine indignation;
4For my iniquities are gone over my head;
5My wounds grow foul and fester.
6I am bent over and greatly bowed down;
7For my loins are filled with burning;
8I am benumbed and badly crushed;
9Lord, all my desire is before Thee;
10My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
11My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
12Those who seek my life lay snares for me;
13But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
14Yes, I am like a man who does not hear,
15For I hope in Thee, O LORD;
16For I said, “May they not rejoice over me,
17For I am ready to fall,
18For I confess my iniquity;
19But my enemies are vigorous and strong;
20And those who repay evil for good,
21Do not forsake me, O LORD;
22Make haste to help me,