Psalm 38:17
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New International Version
For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.

New Living Translation
I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain.

English Standard Version
For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.

New American Standard Bible
For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.

King James Bible
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I am about to fall, and my pain is constantly with me.

International Standard Version
Indeed, I am being set up for a fall, and I am continuously reminded of my pain.

NET Bible
For I am about to stumble, and I am in constant pain.

New Heart English Bible
For I am ready to fall. My pain is continually before me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I am prepared for suffering and my sorrow is always before me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am ready to fall. I am continually aware of my pain.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I am ready to halt, And my pain is continually before me.

New American Standard 1977
For I am ready to fall,
            And my sorrow is continually before me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

King James 2000 Bible
For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me.

American King James Version
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

American Standard Version
For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I am ready for scourges : and my sorrow is continually before me.

Darby Bible Translation
For I am ready to halt, and my pain is continually before me.

English Revised Version
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

World English Bible
For I am ready to fall. My pain is continually before me.

Young's Literal Translation
For I am ready to halt, And my pain is before me continually.
Study Bible
O Lord, Don’t Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
16For I said, "May they not rejoice over me, Who, when my foot slips, would magnify themselves against me." 17For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me. 18For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.…
Cross References
Psalm 13:2
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Psalm 35:15
But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; The smiters whom I did not know gathered together against me, They slandered me without ceasing.
Treasury of Scripture

For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

to halt [heb.] for halting

Psalm 35:15 But in my adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: …

Micah 4:6,7 In that day, said the LORD, will I assemble her that halts, and I …

sorrow

Psalm 38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

Psalm 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; …

Psalm 77:2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, …

Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted …

Verse 17. - For I am ready to halt. I am weak and helpless, liable at any moment to stumble and fall. And my sorrow is continually before me; i.e. my sin, which I sorrow over, which lies at the root of all my distress (comp. Psalm 51:3). For I am ready to halt,.... Meaning either that there was a proneness in him to sin; see Jeremiah 20:10; or that he was subject to affliction and adversity, as the same word is rendered in Psalm 35:15; and the words are either a reason and argument used with the Lord, to hear and keep his foot from slipping, that so his enemies might not rejoice over him, and magnify themselves against him; as they would do should he fall into sin or into any calamity, both which he was liable to: or they are a reason why he was so calm and quiet under the ill usage he met with from friends and enemies, because he was "ready for halting", or "prepared" (o) for it; he considered that he was born for trouble and adversity; that God had appointed him to it, and it was appointed for him, and therefore he was quiet under it; see Job 5:6; he was prepared to meet it; he expected it, it being the common lot of God's people; and therefore when it came upon him it was no strange thing to him. The Septuagint version, and those that follow that, render the words, "I am ready for scourges"; and Jerom applies them to Christ, who was ready to undergo scourges, sufferings, and death itself, for his people;

and my sorrow is continually before me; that is, for his sin, which was ever before him, stared him in the face, lay heavy on his conscience, and appeared very terrible and loathsome to him; his sorrow for it was without intermission, and was a godly sorrow, a sorrow for sin, as committed against a God of love, grace, and mercy: or he may mean, that his affliction, which was grievous to him, was continually upon him night and day: our Lord himself, David's antitype, was a man of sorrows all his days.

(o) V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. 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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