Psalm 38:21
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New International Version
LORD, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.

New Living Translation
Do not abandon me, O LORD. Do not stand at a distance, my God.

English Standard Version
Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me!

New American Standard Bible
Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, do not be far from me!

King James Bible
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, do not abandon me; my God, do not be far from me.

International Standard Version
Don't forsake me, LORD. My God, do not be so distant from me.

NET Bible
Do not abandon me, O LORD! My God, do not remain far away from me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not abandon me, Lord Jehovah, my God, and do not be far from me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not abandon me, O LORD. O my God, do not be so distant from me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Forsake me not, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me.

King James 2000 Bible
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

American King James Version
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

American Standard Version
Forsake me not, O Jehovah: O my God, be not far from me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Forsake me not, O Lord my God : do not thou depart from me.

Darby Bible Translation
Forsake me not, Jehovah; O my God, be not far from me.

English Revised Version
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

World English Bible
Don't forsake me, Yahweh. My God, don't be far from me.

Young's Literal Translation
Do not forsake me, O Jehovah, My God, be not far from me,
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 21. - Forsake me not, O Lord (comp. Psalm 27:9; Psalm 71:9, 18; Psalm 119:8). God never really forsakes his saints (Psalm 37:28). He withdraws sometimes for wise purposes the sense of his presence and favour, so that they feel as if they were forsaken; but this is only temporary., O my God, be not far from me (comp. Psalm 22:19; Psalm 35:22; Psalm 71:12).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Forsake me not, O Lord,.... Or continue not to forsake; for he seems to have been under divine desertion, and might be under apprehensions that God had utterly forsaken him; which he entreats he would not, though his friends had forsook him, and his own strength had failed and left him, Psalm 38:10;

O my God, be not far from me; as to his gracious presence, and with respect to help and deliverance, otherwise God is not far from any of his creatures, being omnipresent.

The Treasury of David

21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.

22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Psalm 38:21

"Forsake me not, O Lord." Now is the time I need thee most. When sickness, slander, and sin, all beset a saint, he requires the especial aid of heaven, and he shall have it too. He is afraid of nothing while God is with him, and God is with him evermore. "Be not far from me." Withhold not the light of thy near and dear love. Reveal thyself to me. Stand at my side. Let me feel that though friendless besides, I have a most gracious and all-sufficient friend in thee.

Psalm 38:22

"Make haste to help me." Delay would prove destruction. The poor pleader was far gone and ready to expire, only speedy help would serve his turn. See how sorrow quickens the importunity of prayer! Here is one of the sweet results of affliction, it gives new life to our pleading, and drives us with eagerness to our God. "O Lord my salvation." Not my Saviour only, but my salvation. He who has the Lord on his side has salvation in present possession. Faith foresees the blessed issue of all her pleas, and in this verse begins to ascribe to God the glory of the expected mercy. We shall not be left of the Lord. His grace will succour us most opportunely, and in heaven we shall see that we had not one trial too many, or one pang too severe. A sense of sin shall melt into the joy of salvation; grief shall lead on to gratitude, and gratitude to joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21, 22. (Compare Ps 22:19; 35:3). All terms of frequent use. In this Psalm the language is generally susceptible of application to Christ as a sufferer, David, as such, typifying Him. This does not require us to apply the confessions of sin, but only the pains or penalties which He bore for us.

Psalm 38:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
O Lord, Don't Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
20And those who repay evil for good, They oppose me, because I follow what is good. 21Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, do not be far from me! 22Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
Cross References
Psalm 22:19
But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.

Psalm 35:22
LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.

Psalm 71:12
Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.

Psalm 119:8
I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.
Treasury of Scripture

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