Psalm 38:2
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New International Version
Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me.

New Living Translation
Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me.

English Standard Version
For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.

New American Standard Bible
For Your arrows have sunk deep into me, And Your hand has pressed down on me.

King James Bible
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For Your arrows have sunk into me, and Your hand has pressed down on me.

International Standard Version
because your arrows have sunk deep into me, and your hand has come down hard on me.

NET Bible
For your arrows pierce me, and your hand presses me down.

New Heart English Bible
For your arrows have pierced me, your hand presses hard on me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For your arrows have stuck in me and your hand has pressed against me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your arrows have struck me. Your hand has struck me hard.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Thine arrows are gone deep into me, And Thy hand is come down upon me.

New American Standard 1977
For Thine arrows have sunk deep into me,
            And Thy hand has pressed down on me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presses me sore.

King James 2000 Bible
For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me down.

American King James Version
For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me sore.

American Standard Version
For thine arrows stick fast in me, And thy hand presseth me sore.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thy arrows are fastened in me : and thy hand hath been strong upon me.

Darby Bible Translation
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand cometh down upon me.

English Revised Version
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thy arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand falleth heavy upon me.

World English Bible
For your arrows have pierced me, your hand presses hard on me.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thine arrows have come down on me, And Thou lettest down upon me Thy hand.
Study Bible
O Lord, Don’t Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
1A Psalm of David, for a memorial. O LORD, rebuke me not in Your wrath, And chasten me not in Your burning anger. 2For Your arrows have sunk deep into me, And Your hand has pressed down on me. 3There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation; There is no health in my bones because of my sin.…
Cross References
Job 6:4
"For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Job 19:21
"Pity me, pity me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me.

Psalm 32:4
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

Lamentations 3:3
Surely against me He has turned His hand Repeatedly all the day.

Lamentations 3:4
He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones.

Lamentations 3:12
He bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow.
Treasury of Scripture

For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me sore.

thine

Psalm 21:12 Therefore shall you make them turn their back, when you shall make …

Psalm 64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof …

Lamentations 3:12 He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

thy hand

Psalm 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me: my moisture is turned …

Psalm 39:10,11 Remove your stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of your hand…

Deuteronomy 2:15 For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them …

Ruth 1:13 Would you tarry for them till they were grown? would you stay for …

1 Samuel 5:6,11 But the hand of the LORD was heavy on them of Ashdod, and he destroyed …

1 Samuel 6:9 And see, if it goes up by the way of his own coast to Bethshemesh, …

(2) For thine arrows . . .--The same figure is used of the disease from which Job suffered (elephantiasis? Job 6:4); of famine (Ezekiel 5:16); and generally of divine judgments (Deuteronomy 32:23). By itself it therefore decides nothing as to the particular cause of the Psalmist's grief.

Stick fast.--Better, have sunk into, from a root meaning to descend. Presseth, in the next clause, is from the same verb. Translate, therefore,

For thine arrows have fallen deep into me,

And fallen upon me has thine hand.

Verse 2. - For thine arrows stick fast in me. (On the "arrows" of the Almighty, see above, Psalm 7:13; and comp. Job 6:4; Psalm 18:14; Psalm 45:5; Psalm 64:7; Psalm 77:17, etc.) It has been maintained that by "God's arrows" only sickness is meant (Hitzig); but the contrary appears from Deuteronomy 32:23-25. Hengstenberg is right, "The arrows of the Almighty denote all the chastisements of sin depending on God." And thy hand presseth me sore. The verb used is the same in both clauses; but it is difficult to express both ideas by one term in English. Dr. Kay makes the attempt by translating, "For thine arrows have sunk deep in me; yea, thine hand sank heavily on me." For thine arrows stick fast in me,.... Meaning either words with which as a father the Lord rebuked him; and which were sharp and cutting, entered into him and abode with him, and gave him much pain and uneasiness; and by which he concluded that his rebukes were in wrath and hot displeasure; such as those in 2 Samuel 12:11; so the words of men are compared to arrows, Psalm 57:4 or outward afflictions, attended with inward trouble of soul; for as judgments are the arrows of God, such as famine, pestilence, &c. Ezekiel 5:16, Deuteronomy 32:21; so the chastening dispensations of Providence, under which the people of God themselves are, are so called, because they oftentimes come swiftly, suddenly, and at unawares, and are very pungent and distressing; and sometimes stick fast and continue long, by reason of which they are inwardly wounded, and conceive of God as sorely displeased with them; see Job 6:4;

and thy hand presseth me sore; the afflicting hand of God, which lay heavy upon him; and is a mighty hand when laid on such worms as mortal sinful men are, who cannot bear up under it, unless they have divine supports; see Job 19:21. This is by some supposed to be some bodily disease inflicted on him; some have thought of the leprosy, which was a stroke from the hand of God; but this is not likely, since he must have been deposed and shut up; the Jews indeed say (e) that he was a leper six months, and that the divine Presence was taken from him; a late learned man (f) thinks it was the smallpox, from the unsoundness of his flesh, the soreness of the disease, the stench of it, temporary blindness, and his friends standing aloof from him; though perhaps no other than affliction of mired for sin, comparable to the disease described, is meant.

(e) In R. Obadiah in loc. (f) De Laney's Life of King David, vol. 2. p. 146. 2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden are they too heavy for me.

5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

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

7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Psalm 38:2

"For thine arrows stick fat in me." By this he means both bodily and spiritual griefs, but we may suppose, especially the latter, for these are most piercing and stick the fastest. God's law applied by the Spirit to the conviction of the soul of sin, wounds deeply and rankles long; it is an arrow not lightly to be brushed out by careless mirthfulness, or to be extracted by the flattering hand of self-righteousness. The Lord knows how to shoot so that his bolts not only strike but stick. He can make convictions sink into the innermost spirit like arrows driven in up to the head. It seems strange that the Lord should shoot at his own beloved ones, but in truth he shoots at their sins rather than them, and those who feel his sin-killing shafts in this life, shall not be slain with his hot thunderbolts in the next world. "And thy hand presseth me sore." The Lord had come to close dealing with him, and pressed him down with the weight of his hand, so that he had no rest or strength left. By these two expressions we are taught that conviction of sin is a piercing and a pressing thing, sharp and sore, smarting and crushing. Those who know by experience "the terrors of the Lord," will be best able to vouch for the accuracy of such descriptions; they are true to the life.

Psalm 38:3

"There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger." Mental depression tells upon the bodily frame; it is enough to create and foster every disease, and is in itself the most painful of all diseases. Soul sickness tells upon the entire frame; it weakens the body, and then bodily weakness reacts upon the mind. One drop of divine anger sets the whole of our blood boiling with misery. "Neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin." Deeper still the malady penetrates, 'till the bones, the more solid parts of the system, are affected. No soundness and no rest are two sad deficiencies; yet these are both consciously gone from every awakened conscience until Jesus gives relief. God's anger is a fire that dries up the very marrow; it searches the secret parts of the belly. A man who has pain in his bones tosses to and fro in search of rest, but he finds none; he becomes worn out with agony, and so in many cases a sense of sin creates in the conscience a horrible unrest which cannot be exceeded in anguish except by hell itself.

Psalm 38:4

"For mine iniquities are gone over mine head." Like waves of the deep sea; like black mire in which a man utterly sinks. Above my hopes, my strength, and my life itself, my sin rises in its terror. Unawakened sinners think their sins to be mere shallows, but when conscience is aroused they find out the depth of iniquity. "As an heavy burden they are too heavy for me." It is well when sin is an intolerable load, and when the remembrance of our sins burdens us beyond endurance. This verse is the genuine cry of one who feels himself undone by his transgressions and as yet sees not the great sacrifice.

Psalm 38:5

continued...2. arrows … and thy hand—the sharp and heavy afflictions he suffered (De 32:23).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.
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