1 {A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.} Jehovah, rebuke me not in thy wrath; neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

References for Psalms 38:1

    • a 38:1 - It is 'indignation.' from the idea of breaking out into anger.'
    • b 38:1 - 'Hot displeasure,' ('fury,' Ps. 88.7), would be rather stronger. Both words (notes a and b) are of discipline.
      2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand cometh down upon me.

      References for Psalms 38:2

        • c 38:2 - Lit. 'have descended into me.'
          3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation; no peace in my bones, because of my sin.

          References for Psalms 38:3

            • d 38:3 - 'Punitive anger against evil:' the same word is in Ps. 69.24; 78.49; 102,10.
              4 For mine iniquities are gone over my head: as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

              References for Psalms 38:4

                • e 38:4 - i.e. as waters.
                  5 My wounds stink, they are corrupt, because of my foolishness.

                  References for Psalms 38:5

                    • f 38:5 - Or 'they run.'
                      6 I am depressed; I am bowed down beyond measure; I go mourning all the day.
                      7 For my loins are full of burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.

                      References for Psalms 38:7

                        • g 38:7 - Or 'a loathsome [plague].'
                          8 I am faint and broken beyond measure; I roar by reason of the agitation of my heart.
                          9 Lord, all my desire is before thee, and my sighing is not hid from thee.
                          10 My heart throbbeth, my strength hath left me; and the light of mine eyes, it also is no more with me.
                          11 My lovers and mine associates stand aloof from my stroke; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

                          References for Psalms 38:11

                            • h 38:11 - Or 'plague,' as Gen. 12.17; and so in Ps. 39.10.
                              12 And they that seek after my life lay snares [for me]; and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all the day long.

                              References for Psalms 38:12

                                  13 But I, as a deaf [man], hear not; and am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
                                  14 Yea, I am as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
                                  15 For in thee, Jehovah, do I hope: *thou* wilt answer, O Lord my God.
                                  16 For I said, Let them not rejoice over me! When my foot slipped, they magnified [themselves] against me.
                                  17 For I am ready to halt, and my pain is continually before me.
                                  18 For I will declare mine iniquity, I am grieved for my sin.
                                  19 But mine enemies are lively, they are strong; and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied:
                                  20 And they that render evil for good are adversaries unto me; because I pursue what is good.

                                  References for Psalms 38:20

                                    • j 38:20 - Heb. plural of Satan, as Ps. 71.13; 109.4,20,29. Sing. in 1Chron. 21.1; Job 1 and 2; Ps. 109.6; Zech. 3.1,2.
                                      21 Forsake me not, Jehovah; O my God, be not far from me.
                                      22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.