Psalms 38:8

8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.

Psalms 38:8 in Other Translations

8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
8 I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.
8 I'm on my last legs; I've had it - my life is a vomit of groans.
8 I am faint and severely crushed; I groan because of the anguish of my heart.

Psalms 38:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 38:8

I am feeble
Both in body, natural strength being weakened by the affliction, and dried up like a potsherd by the heat of the distemper; and in soul, being weak in the exercise of faith and other graces. The word is used of Jacob, fainting at and disbelieving the news of his son Joseph being alive, ( Genesis 45:26 ) ;

and sore broken;
in his constitution with the disease, and in his mind with trouble; especially for his sin, and under a sense of the divine displeasure; his bones were broken by his fall, and his heart broken with a sense of sin, ( Psalms 51:8 Psalms 51:17 ) ;

I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart:
which was like the raging of the sea, as the word F12 rendered disquietness here signifies; and to which the uneasiness and restlessness of wicked men is sometimes compared, ( Isaiah 5:30 ) ( 57:20 ) ; and so great was the disquietude of this good man under affliction, and sense of sin and wrath, that he had no rest night nor day; and could not forbear crying out, in a very hideous manner, like the roaring of a lion.


F12 (tmhnm) "prae fremitu", Tigurine version, Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Gejerus, so Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis.

Psalms 38:8 In-Context

6 I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.
7 My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.
9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 34:18; Proverbs 17:22
  • 2. S Psalms 6:6; Psalms 22:1; Proverbs 5:11
  • 3. S Psalms 6:3
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