Psalms 38:13

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak;

Psalms 38:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
ESV
13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
NLT
13 But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
MSG
13 But I'm deaf and mute to it all, ears shut, mouth shut.
CSB
13 I am like a deaf person; I do not hear. I am like a speechless person who does not open his mouth.

Psalms 38:13 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 38:13

But I, as a deaf [man], heard not
He acted the part of a deaf man, and made as if he did not hear the mischievous things his enemies spoke; as Saul, when the sons of Belial spoke against him and despised him, ( 1 Samuel 10:27 ) ; and as our Lord when his enemies accused him, ( Matthew 27:12-14 ) ;

and [I was] as a dumb man, [that] openeth not his mouth;
made no reply to what they said, and did not render railing for railing; in which Christ was the antitype of him, ( Isaiah 53:7 ) ( 1 Peter 2:23 ) ( 3:9 ) .

Psalms 38:13 In-Context

11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie.
13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 115:6; Psalms 135:17; Isaiah 43:8; Mark 7:37