Psalm 38:5
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New International Version
My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.

New Living Translation
My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins.

English Standard Version
My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,

New American Standard Bible
My wounds grow foul and fester Because of my folly.

King James Bible
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness.

International Standard Version
My wounds have putrefied and festered because of my foolishness.

NET Bible
My wounds are infected and starting to smell, because of my foolish sins.

New Heart English Bible
My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, because of my foolishness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My wounds defile me and rot me even from the presence of my crime.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My wounds smell rotten. They fester because of my stupidity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My wounds are noisome, they fester, Because of my foolishness.

New American Standard 1977
My wounds grow foul and fester.
            Because of my folly,

Jubilee Bible 2000
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

King James 2000 Bible
My wounds are foul and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

American King James Version
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

American Standard Version
My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, Because of my foolishness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My sores are putrified and corrupted, because of my foolishness.

Darby Bible Translation
My wounds stink, they are corrupt, because of my foolishness.

English Revised Version
My wounds stink and are corrupt, because of my foolishness.

Webster's Bible Translation
My wounds are offensive, and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

World English Bible
My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, because of my foolishness.

Young's Literal Translation
Stunk -- become corrupt have my wounds, Because of my folly.
Study Bible
O Lord, Don’t Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
4For my iniquities are gone over my head; As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me. 5My wounds grow foul and fester Because of my folly. 6I am bent over and greatly bowed down; I go mourning all day long.…
Cross References
Job 31:40
Let briars grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.

Psalm 69:5
O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You.
Treasury of Scripture

My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

My wounds. The soul being invisible, its distempers are also so; therefore the sacred writers describe them by the distempers of the body. (See the Parallel Texts on these verses.) On reading these and similar passages, say Bp. Lowth, some, who were but little acquainted with the genius of Hebrew poetry, have pretended to enquire into the nature of the disease with which the poet was afflicted; not less absurdly in my opinion, that if they had perplexed themselves to discover in what river he was plunged, when he complains that `the deep waters had gone over his soul.'

Psalm 38:5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

Psalm 32:3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

Isaiah 1:5,6 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: …

Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then …

(5) Wounds.--Better, stripes, as in LXX.

Stink and are corrupt.--Both words denote suppuration; the first in reference to the offensive smell, the second of the discharge of matter; the whole passage recalls Isaiah 1:6, seq.

Foolishness.--Men are generally even more loth to confess their folly than their sins.

Verse 5. - My wounds stink and are corrupt. The writer reverts to his bodily pains. He has "wounds," which "stink" and "are corrupt;" or "fester and become noisome," which may be boils, or bed-sores, and which make him a loathsome object to others (comp. Job 9:19; Job 30:18). Because of my foolishness. Because I was so foolish as to forsake the way of righteousness, and allow sin to get the dominion over me. My wounds stink, and are corrupt,.... Meaning his sins, which had wounded him, and for which there is no healing but in a wounded Saviour, and by his stripes we are healed, Isaiah 53:5; where the same word is used as here; Christ's black and blue stripes and wounds, as the word signifies, are the healing of ours, both of sins, and of the effects of them; which, to a sensible sinner, are as nauseous and loathsome as an old wound that is festered and corrupt;

because of my foolishness: as all sin arises from foolishness, which is bound in the hearts of men, and from whence it arises, Mark 7:22; perhaps the psalmist may have respect to his folly with Bathsheba, which had been the occasion of all the distress that is spoken of both before and afterwards. 5-8. The loathsomeness, corruption, and wasting torture of severe physical disease set forth his mental anguish [Ps 38:6]. It is possible some bodily disease was connected. The

loins are the seat of strength. His exhaustion left him only the power to groan [Ps 38:9].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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