1 Rebuke me not, O Lord, in your anger, ♦
neither chasten me in your heavy displeasure.
2 For your arrows have stuck fast in me ♦
and your hand presses hard upon me.
3 There is no health in my flesh
because of your indignation; ♦
there is no peace in my bones because of my sin.
4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; ♦
their weight is a burden too heavy to bear.
5 My wounds stink and fester ♦
because of my foolishness.
6 I am utterly bowed down and brought very low; ♦
I go about mourning all the day long.
7 My loins are filled with searing pain; ♦
there is no health in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; ♦
I roar aloud because of the disquiet of my heart.
9 O Lord, you know all my desires ♦
and my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me; ♦
the light of my eyes is gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand apart from my affliction; ♦
my neighbours stand afar off.
12 Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; ♦
and those who would harm me whisper evil
and mutter slander all the day long.
13 But I am like one who is deaf and hears not, ♦
like one that is dumb, who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like one who does not hear ♦
and from whose mouth comes no retort.
15 For in you, Lord, have I put my trust; ♦
you will answer me, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, ‘Let them not triumph over me, ♦
those who exult over me when my foot slips.’
17 Truly, I am on the verge of falling ♦
and my pain is ever with me.
18 I will confess my iniquity ♦
and be sorry for my sin.
19 Those that are my enemies without any cause are mighty, ♦
and those who hate me wrongfully are many in number.
20 Those who repay evil for good are against me, ♦
because the good is what I seek.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord; ♦
be not far from me, O my God.
22 Make haste to help me, ♦
O Lord of my salvation.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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