Psalm 38:11
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New International Version
My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.

New Living Translation
My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family stands at a distance.

English Standard Version
My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.

New American Standard Bible
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off.

King James Bible
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My loved ones and friends stand back from my affliction, and my relatives stand at a distance.

International Standard Version
As for my friends and my neighbors, they stand aloof from my distress; even my close relatives stand at a distance.

NET Bible
Because of my condition, even my friends and acquaintances keep their distance; my neighbors stand far away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My friends and my neighbors have stood before my sorrow and my relatives have been staying at a distance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My loved ones and my friends keep their distance and my relatives stand far away because of my sickness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My friends and my companions stand aloof from my sore, and my kinsmen stand afar off.

King James 2000 Bible
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

American King James Version
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

American Standard Version
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My friends and my neighbours have drawn near, and stood against me. And they that were near me stood afar off :

Darby Bible Translation
My lovers and mine associates stand aloof from my stroke; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

English Revised Version
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Webster's Bible Translation
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my affliction; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

World English Bible
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague. My kinsmen stand far away.

Young's Literal Translation
My lovers and my friends over-against my plague stand. And my neighbours afar off have stood.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

38:1-11 Nothing will disquiet the heart of a good man so much as the sense of God's anger. The way to keep the heart quiet, is to keep ourselves in the love of God. But a sense of guilt is too heavy to bear; and would sink men into despair and ruin, unless removed by the pardoning mercy of God. If there were not sin in our souls, there would be no pain in our bones, no illness in our bodies. The guilt of sin is a burden to the whole creation, which groans under it. It will be a burden to the sinners themselves, when they are heavy-laden under it, or a burden of ruin, when it sinks them to hell. When we perceive our true condition, the Good Physician will be valued, sought, and obeyed. Yet many let their wounds rankle, because they delay to go to their merciful Friend. When, at any time, we are distempered in our bodies, we ought to remember how God has been dishonoured in and by our bodies. The groanings which cannot be uttered, are not hid from Him that searches the heart, and knows the mind of the Spirit. David, in his troubles, was a type of Christ in his agonies, of Christ on his cross, suffering and deserted.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; or, from my stroke (comp. Psalm 39:10, where the same word is used). The psalmist feels himself to be "stricken, smitten of God" (Isaiah 53:4). He looks for comfort and sympathy to his friends, but they, with a selfishness that is only too common, hold aloof, draw away item him, and desert him (comp. Job 19:13, 14). And my kinsmen stand afar off; or, my neighbours. The stricken deer is forsaken by the rest of the herd (comp. Matthew 26:56, 58).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore,.... As if it was a plague sore, lest they should be infected with it; or because they could not bear the stench of his wounds, and the loathsomeness of his disease, or to see him in his agonies, and hear his roaring and his groans, Psalm 38:2; or as taking his case to be desperate, as if he was just dying, and no help could be given him, Psalm 38:10; If it was the leprosy, as some Jewish writers have affirmed, the word translated "sore", being used for the plague of the leprosy, they were obliged by the ceremonial law to keep at a distance from him: but this rather seems to be voluntary, and to proceed from neglect and contempt. These "lovers" and "friends" were such for whom David had had an affection, and had been friendly to, and therefore it was ungrateful in them to act the part they did; and such who had pretended love and friendship to him in his health and prosperity, but now had deserted him, which is a common case; see Job 19:13. Afflictions try men's friends; and as that is a time when friendly visits are most wanting and most useful, so it is an aggravation of the affliction, and makes it the heavier when such are denied;

and my kinsmen stand afar off; that were near to him by the ties of nature or friendship.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11, 12. Friends desert, but foes increase in malignity.

Psalm 38:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
O Lord, Don't Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
10My heart throbs, my strength fails me; And the light of my eyes, even that has gone from me. 11My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off. 12Those who seek my life lay snares for me; And those who seek to injure me have threatened destruction, And they devise treachery all day long.…
Cross References
Luke 23:49
But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Job 6:21
Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.

Job 19:19
All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me.

Psalm 31:11
Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.

Psalm 69:8
I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother's children;

Psalm 88:18
You have taken from me friend and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend.

Proverbs 19:7
The poor are shunned by all their relatives-- how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.
Treasury of Scripture

My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

lovers

Psalm 31:11 I was a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, …

Job 6:21-23 For now you are nothing; you see my casting down, and are afraid…

Job 19:13-17 He has put my brothers far from me, and my acquaintance are truly …

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might …

John 16:32 Behold, the hour comes, yes, is now come, that you shall be scattered, …

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Luke 10:31,32 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when …

sore [heb.] stroke
Kinsmen. or, neighbours
afar off

Luke 22:54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's …

Luke 23:49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, …

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