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A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.
Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

38:4 gone over mine head. Only the Lord Jesus was ever completely submerged in sin, as all the sins of the world were imputed to him.

38:8 disquietness. That is, “distress,” or “anxiety.”

38:10 my strength faileth me. Compare Psalm 22:14,15.

38:11 kinsmen stand afar off. “And all His acquaintance...stood afar off” (Luke 23:49). Only the mother of Christ stood by Him at the cross, with his brothers nowhere near.

38:13 openeth not his mouth. Compare Isaiah 53:7, fulfilled so precisely by Christ (Matthew 27:12,14; Luke 23:9).

Psalm 39 title) Jeduthun. “Jeduthun” means “Choir of Praise.” It occurs also in the titles of Psalms 62 and 77. Jeduthun is also identified as one of David’s chief musicians, Ethan, in I Chronicles 15:17.

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