Psalm 38:18
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New International Version
I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.

New Living Translation
But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.

English Standard Version
I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.

New American Standard Bible
For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.

King James Bible
For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I confess my guilt; I am anxious because of my sin.

International Standard Version
I confess my iniquity, and my sin troubles me.

NET Bible
Yes, I confess my wrongdoing, and I am concerned about my sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I shall declare to you my wrongdoing and I shall be purged from my sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I confess my guilt. My sin troubles me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

King James 2000 Bible
For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

American King James Version
For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

American Standard Version
For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I will declare my inequity : and I will think for my sin.

Darby Bible Translation
For I will declare mine iniquity, I am grieved for my sin.

English Revised Version
For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

World English Bible
For I will declare my iniquity. I will be sorry for my sin.

Young's Literal Translation
For mine iniquity I declare, I am sorry for my sin.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. The four "fors," beginning four consecutive verses, are somewhat puzzling. Canon Cook suggests that they introduce four reasons for the psalmist's silence (vers. 13, 14) and abstinence front self-justification:

(1) because God hears him, and will make answer for him (ver. 15);

(2) because, if he spoke, he might give further occasion to his enemies (ver. 16);

(3) because he feels in danger, and is conscious of sin (ver. 17); and

(4) because he has no course open to him but confession and contrition. If we are justified in attributing the psalm to David, and in assigning its composition to the period immediately preceding Absalom's rebellion, we must look upon it as opening to us a view of David's condition of mind at that time which is of great interest.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I will declare mine iniquity,.... Either to men, to ease his mind, justify God in his proceedings with him, and for their caution and admonition: or rather to God, against whom he had sinned, and who only could pardon him; with a view to which he was determined to make a free and open confession of it before him:

I will be sorry for my sin, or "careful" (p) about it; that is, how he committed it for the future: true repentance for sin produces a carefulness to abstain from all appearance of it; see 2 Corinthians 7:10.

(p) "solicitus ero", Montanus; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis, Ainsworth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Consciousness of sin makes suffering pungent, and suffering, rightly received, leads to confession.

Psalm 38:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
O Lord, Don't Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
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. 19But my enemies are vigorous and strong, And many are those who hate me wrongfully.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 7:9
yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.

2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Psalm 32:5
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Treasury of Scripture

For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

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Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin to you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, …

Psalm 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses …

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2 Corinthians 7:7-11 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation with which he …

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