Psalm 38:13
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New International Version
I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak;

New Living Translation
But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.

English Standard Version
But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

New American Standard Bible
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

King James Bible
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am like a deaf person; I do not hear. I am like a speechless person who does not open his mouth.

International Standard Version
I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, and like the mute, who cannot open his mouth.

NET Bible
But I am like a deaf man--I hear nothing; I am like a mute who cannot speak.

New Heart English Bible
But I, as a deaf man, do not hear. I am as a mute man who doesn't open his mouth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I, like a deaf man, have not heard, and like a dumb man, I did not open my mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I am like a person who cannot hear and like a person who cannot speak.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But I am as a deaf man, I hear not; And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

New American Standard 1977
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
            And I am like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I, as a deaf man, that heard not, and as a dumb man that did not open his mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens not his mouth.

American King James Version
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens not his mouth.

American Standard Version
But I, as a deaf man, hear not; And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I, as a deaf man, heard not : and as a dumb man not opening his mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
But I, as a deaf [man], hear not; and am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

English Revised Version
But I, as a deaf man, hear not; and I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

World English Bible
But I, as a deaf man, don't hear. I am as a mute man who doesn't open his mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
And I, as deaf, hear not. And as a dumb one who openeth not his mouth.
Study Bible
O Lord, Don’t Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
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. 13But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth. 14Yes, I am like a man who does not hear, And in whose mouth are no arguments.…
Cross References
Psalm 38:14
Yes, I am like a man who does not hear, And in whose mouth are no arguments.

Psalm 39:2
I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.

Psalm 39:9
"I have become mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it.
Treasury of Scripture

But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens not his mouth.

Psalm 39:2,9 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my …

2 Samuel 16:10-12 And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? …

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: …

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

Verse 13. - But I, as a deaf man, heard not. I took no notice, i.e. I made as if I was deaf. And I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. So far this psalmist, whether David or another, was a type of Christ (see Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:63; Matthew 27:14; 1 Peter 2:23). But I, as a deaf man, heard not,.... He acted the part of a deaf man, and made as if he did not hear the mischievous things his enemies spoke; as Saul, when the sons of Belial spoke against him and despised him, 1 Samuel 10:27; and as our Lord when his enemies accused him, Matthew 27:12;

and I was as a dumb man, that openeth not his mouth; made no reply to what they said, and did not render railing for railing; in which Christ was the antitype of him, Isaiah 53:7. 13, 14. He patiently submits, uttering no reproaches or replies (Joh 19:9) to their insulting speeches;38:12-22 Wicked men hate goodness, even when they benefit by it. David, in the complaints he makes of his enemies, seems to refer to Christ. But our enemies do us real mischief only when they drive us from God and our duty. The true believer's trouble will be made useful; he will learn to wait for his God, and will not seek relief from the world or himself. The less we notice the unkindness and injuries that are done us, the more we consult the quiet of our own minds. David's troubles were the chastisement and the consequence of his transgressions, whilst Christ suffered for our sins and ours only. What right can a sinner have to yield to impatience or anger, when mercifully corrected for his sins? David was very sensible of the present workings of corruption in him. Good men, by setting their sorrow continually before them, have been ready to fall; but by setting God always before them, they have kept their standing. If we are truly penitent for sin, that will make us patient under affliction. Nothing goes nearer to the heart of a believer when in affliction, than to be under the apprehension of God's deserting him; nor does any thing come more feelingly from his heart than this prayer, Be not far from me. The Lord will hasten to help those who trust in him as their salvation.
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