Psalm 38:13
New International Version
I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak;

New Living Translation
But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.

English Standard Version
But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

Berean Study Bible
But like a deaf man, I do not hear; and like a mute man, I do not open my mouth.

King James Bible
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

New King James Version
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.

New American Standard Bible
But I, like a person who is deaf, do not hear; And I am like a person who cannot speak, who does not open his mouth.

NASB 1995
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

NASB 1977
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.

Amplified Bible
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

Christian Standard Bible
I am like a deaf person; I do not hear. I am like a speechless person who does not open his mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am like a deaf person; I do not hear. I am like a speechless person who does not open his mouth.

American Standard Version
But I, as a deaf man, hear not; And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I, like a deaf man, have not heard, and like a dumb man, I did not open my mouth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and was as a dumb man not opening his mouth.

Contemporary English Version
I am not able to hear or speak a word;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I, as a deaf man, heard not : and as a dumb man not opening his mouth.

English Revised Version
But I, as a deaf man, hear not; and I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Good News Translation
I am like the deaf and cannot hear, like the dumb and cannot speak.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I am like a person who cannot hear and like a person who cannot speak.

International Standard Version
I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, and like the mute, who cannot open his mouth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But I am as a deaf man, I hear not; And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Literal Standard Version
And I, as deaf, do not hear. And as a mute one who does not open his mouth.

NET Bible
But I am like a deaf man--I hear nothing; I am like a mute who cannot speak.

New Heart English Bible
But I, as a deaf man, do not hear. I am as a mute man who doesn't open his mouth.

World English Bible
But I, as a deaf man, don't hear. I am as a mute man who doesn't open his mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
And I, as deaf, hear not. And as a dumb one who openeth not his mouth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Do Not Rebuke Me in Your Anger
12Those who seek my life lay snares; those who wish me harm speak destruction, plotting deceit all day long. 13But like a deaf man, I do not hear; and like a mute man, I do not open my mouth. 14I am like a man who cannot hear, whose mouth offers no reply.…

Cross References
Psalm 38:14
I am like a man who cannot hear, whose mouth offers no reply.

Psalm 39:2
I was speechless and still; I remained silent, even from speaking good, and my sorrow was stirred.

Psalm 39:9
I have become mute; I do not open my mouth because of what You have done.


Treasury of Scripture

But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens not his mouth.

Psalm 39:2,9
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred…

2 Samuel 16:10-12
And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? …

Isaiah 53:7
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.









Verse 13. - But I, as a deaf man, heard not. I took no notice, i.e. I made as if I was deaf. And I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. So far this psalmist, whether David or another, was a type of Christ (see Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:63; Matthew 27:14; 1 Peter 2:23).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But I,
וַאֲנִ֣י (wa·’ă·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

like a deaf man,
כְ֭חֵרֵשׁ (ḵə·ḥê·rêš)
Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2795: Deaf

do not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

hear,
אֶשְׁמָ֑ע (’eš·mā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

and like a mute man,
וּ֝כְאִלֵּ֗ם (ū·ḵə·’il·lêm)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 483: Mute (unable to speak)

I do not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

open
יִפְתַּח־ (yip̄·taḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

my mouth.
פִּֽיו׃ (pîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to


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