Psalm 38:5

5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.

Read Psalm 38:5 Using Other Translations

My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,
My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins.

What does Psalm 38:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 38:5

My wounds stink, [and] are corrupt
Meaning his sins, which had wounded him, and for which there is no healing but in a wounded Saviour, and by his stripes we are healed, ( Isaiah 53:5 ) ; where the same word is used as here; Christ's black and blue stripes and wounds, as the word signifies, are the healing of ours, both of sins, and of the effects of them; which, to a sensible sinner, are as nauseous and loathsome as an old wound that is festered and corrupt;

because of my foolishness:
as all sin arises from foolishness, which is bound in the hearts of men, and from whence it arises, ( Mark 7:22 ) ; perhaps the psalmist may have respect to his folly with Bathsheba, which had been the occasion of all the distress that is spoken of both before and afterwards.

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