New International Version
My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.
King James Bible
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
Darby Bible Translation
My wounds stink, they 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.
Psalm 38:5 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My wounds stink and are corrupt - Taking this in connection with the rest of the Psalm, I do not see that we can understand the word in any figurative or metaphorical way. I believe they refer to some disease with which he was at this time afflicted; but whether the leprosy, the small pox, or some other disorder that had attacked the whole system, and showed its virulence on different parts of the outer surface, cannot be absolutely determined.
Because of my foolishness - This may either signify sin as the cause of his present affliction, or it may import an affliction which was the consequence of that foolish levity which prefers the momentary gratification of an irregular passion to health of body and peace of mind.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.'
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then let briers come up instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.
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