English Standard Version
My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,
King James Bible
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
American Standard Version
My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, Because of my foolishness.
My sores are putrified and corrupted, because of my foolishness.
English Revised Version
My wounds stink and are corrupt, because of my foolishness.
Webster's Bible Translation
My wounds are offensive, and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
Psalm 38:5 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The salvation of the righteous cometh from Jahve; it is therefore characterized, in accordance with its origin, as sure, perfect, and enduring for ever. מעוּזּם is an apposition; the plena scriptio serves, as in 2 Samuel 22:33, to indicate to us that מעוז is meant in this passage to signify not a fortress, but a hiding-place, a place of protection, a refuge, in which sense Arab. ma'âd‛llh (the protection of God) and m‛âḏwjh‛llh (the protection of God's presence) is an Arabic expression (also used as a formula of an oath); vid., moreover on Psalm 31:3. The moods of sequence in Psalm 37:40 are aoristi gnomici. The parallelism in Psalm 37:40 is progressive after the manner of the Psalms of degrees. The short confirmatory clause kichā'subo forms an expressive closing cadence.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
My wounds. The soul being invisible, its distempers are also so; therefore the sacred writers describe them by the distempers of the body. (See the Parallel Texts on these verses.) On reading these and similar passages, say Bp. Lowth, some, who were but little acquainted with the genius of Hebrew poetry, have pretended to enquire into the nature of the disease with which the poet was afflicted; not less absurdly in my opinion, that if they had perplexed themselves to discover in what river he was plunged, when he complains that `the deep waters had gone over his soul.'
let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
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