Psalms 38:17

17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.

Psalms 38:17 in Other Translations

17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
17 For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.
17 I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain.
17 I'm on the edge of losing it - the pain in my gut keeps burning.
17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is constantly with me.

Psalms 38:17 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 38:17

For I [am] ready to halt
Meaning either that there was a proneness in him to sin; see ( Jeremiah 20:10 ) ; or that he was subject to affliction and adversity, as the same word is rendered in ( Psalms 35:15 ) ; and the words are either a reason and argument used with the Lord, to hear and keep his foot from slipping, that so his enemies might not rejoice over him, and magnify themselves against him; as they would do should he fall into sin or into any calamity, both which he was liable to: or they are a reason why he was so calm and quiet under the ill usage he met with from friends and enemies, because he was "ready for halting", or "prepared" F15 for it; he considered that he was born for trouble and adversity; that God had appointed him to it, and it was appointed for him, and therefore he was quiet under it; see ( Job 5:6 Job 5:7 ) ( 23:14 ) ; he was prepared to meet it; he expected it, it being the common lot of God's people; and therefore when it came upon him it was no strange thing to him. The Septuagint version, and those that follow that, render the words, "I am ready for scourges"; and Jerom applies them to Christ, who was ready to undergo scourges, sufferings, and death itself, for his people;

and my sorrow [is] continually before me;
that is, for his sin, which was ever before him, stared him in the face, lay heavy on his conscience, and appeared very terrible and loathsome to him; his sorrow for it was without intermission, and was a godly sorrow, a sorrow for sin, as committed against a God of love, grace, and mercy: or he may mean, that his affliction, which was grievous to him, was continually upon him night and day: our Lord himself, David's antitype, was a man of sorrows all his days.


F15 (Nwkn) V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Psalms 38:17 In-Context

15 LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”
17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause ; those who hate me without reason are numerous.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 37:24
  • 2. ver 7; S Job 6:10
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