Psalms Part 38 of 150
A Psalm by David, for a memorial.
1 Yahweh, don’t rebuke me in your wrath,
neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.
As usual, it’s about what David wants.
2 For your arrows have pierced me,
your hand presses hard on me.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation,
neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.
Again admitting you have erred and been punished. How long before you state how perfect you have been?
4 For my iniquities have gone over my head.
As a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds are loathsome and corrupt,
because of my foolishness.
Then why aren’t you dead? Isn’t that what you’ve said many times that God does to sinners?
6 I am pained and bowed down greatly.
I go mourning all day long.
Whining is the word you should use.
7 For my waist is filled with burning.
There is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am faint and severely bruised.
I have groaned by reason of the anguish of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is before you.
My groaning is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs.
My strength fails me.
As for the light of my eyes, it has also left me.
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague.
My kinsmen stand far away.
Maybe if you stopped whining all day long they might feel you a worthy person to be around. As it is, you’re a real bummer.
12 They also who seek after my life lay snares.
Those who seek my hurt speak mischievous things,
and meditate deceits all day long.
13 But I, as a deaf man, don’t hear.
I am as a mute man who doesn’t open his mouth.
14 Yes, I am as a man who doesn’t hear,
in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in you, Yahweh, do I hope.
You will answer, Lord my God.
Maybe as King you should just do good deeds for your people. Rule over them in a compassionate way. Be a father to them, not a cruel dictator like Jehovah!
16 For I said, “Don’t let them gloat over me,
or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.”
17 For I am ready to fall.
My pain is continually before me.
18 For I will declare my iniquity.
I will be sorry for my sin.
19 But my enemies are vigorous and many.
Those who hate me without reason are numerous.
I doubt it’s without reason. Most will have very good reason to hate you. You haven’t exactly looked after your people. How many fathers have died while out serving in your army? How many brothers have died at the hands of your enemies? How many children are now fatherless and have nobody to provide for them because you want to use your religion to expand your holding?
20 They who also render evil for good are adversaries to me,
because I follow what is good.
No, you follow what is good for you. That is very different to following what is good.
21 Don’t forsake me, Yahweh.
My God, don’t be far from me.
22 Hurry to help me,
Lord, my salvation.
Still it’s just about you. When do we hear words coming from your mouth in quest of something for those you have harmed? How about looking after their welfare instead of your own?