Psalms 38:2-6

2 Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.
6 I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.

Psalms 38:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
ESV
2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.
NLT
2 Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me.
MSG
2 Your sharp-pointed arrows of rebuke draw blood; my backside smarts from your caning.
CSB
2 For Your arrows have sunk into me, and Your hand has pressed down on me.

Psalms 38:2-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 38

\\<>\\. This psalm was composed by David under some sore affliction, and when in great distress of mind by reason of sin, perhaps his sin with Bathsheba; and was written as a memorial of his sense of sin, of his great afflictions, and deliverance from them; and therefore is said to be "to bring to remembrance", or to refresh his memory with the said things. Kimchi and Ben Melech think the psalm was made for the sake of such as are in distress, to put them in mind and teach them how to pray. The Targum calls the psalm, ``a good remembrance concerning Israel;'' and Jarchi says it was to remember the distress of Israel before the Lord, and that it is said with respect to all Israel; though others think the word "lehazcir" is the name of a psalm tune; and Aben Ezra was of opinion that it was the first word of some pleasant poem. The Septuagint version adds, ``concerning the sabbath,'' as if it was wrote to put persons in mind of that day; whereas there is nothing in the whole psalm that has any such tendency.

Psalms 38:2-6 In-Context

1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.
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.

Cross References 10

  • 1. S Job 6:4; Psalms 32:4
  • 2. Proverbs 3:8; Proverbs 4:22
  • 3. S Job 33:19; Psalms 6:2; Isaiah 1:6
  • 4. Psalms 40:12; Psalms 65:3
  • 5. S Numbers 11:14; S Ezra 9:6; Luke 11:46
  • 6. ver 11; Psalms 147:3
  • 7. Job 19:17
  • 8. Psalms 69:5; Proverbs 5:23; Proverbs 12:23; Proverbs 13:16; Ecclesiastes 10:3
  • 9. Psalms 57:6; Psalms 145:14; Psalms 146:8
  • 10. Job 30:28; S Psalms 35:14; Psalms 42:9
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