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Distress

1 In wrath do not rebuke me, LORD, 

Or in your anger chasten me. 

2 Your arrows deeply pierce my soul; 

Your hand lies on me heavily. 

3 Because your anger rests on me, 

My body has no health within; 

There is no soundness in my bones, 

Because you judge me for my sin. 

4 My guilt has overwhelmed my soul; 

Its burden is a crushing weight. 

5 My wounds are foul and festering, 

Because my foolishness is great.  

6 I am bowed down, I am brought low, 

And I go mourning all the day. 

7 My back is filled with searing pain, 

And my whole body wastes away. 

8 I'm feeble and completely crushed; 

In anguish of my heart I groan. 

9 Lord, my desires before you lie; 

To you my sighing is well known. 

10 My heart beats wildly, strength has failed,

The light has faded from my eye. 

11 My friends and neighbours keep away; 

They see my wounds and then pass by. 

12 My enemies who seek my life

with cunning set their snares for me; 

My foes conspire to do me harm, 

And all day long plot treachery. 

13 I'm like the deaf, who cannot hear, 

and like the mute, who cannot cry. 

14 I'm like a man who hears no sound, 

whose mouth can offer no reply.  

15 I wait for you, O Lord my God; 

And you, O LORD, will answer me. 

16 I prayed to you, "If my foot slips, 

Let them not gloat exultantly." 

17 Indeed I am about to fall; 

My pain is ever deep within. 

18 I must confess iniquity, 

And I am troubled by my sin. 

 

19 My foes are vigorous and strong; 

And many hate me wrongfully. 

20 My good with evil they repay; 

When I seek good, they slander me. 

 

21 O LORD, do not abandon me; 

Do not be far from me, my God.

22 Come quickly to deliver me 

Because you are my Saviour, Lord. 

Lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland.