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Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 38:1-22

Psalm 38-39 The cries of the sickThe psalmist David felt that sometimes punishment for his sins took the form of sickness (e.g. Psalms 6:0) or opposition from those who envied or hated him (e.g. Psalms 25:0). Both elements appear again in the prayer of Psalms 38:0, which, being a confession of sin, was suitable to be offered with certain sacrifices.As the suffering David cries to God for mercy, he admits that, because of his sin, he deserves what he has got (38:1-4). He vividly describes the... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Psalms 38:21

THE CONCLUSION"Forsake me not, O Jehovah:O my God, be not far from me.Make haste to help me,O Lord, my salvation."Again we have in this verse that triple name for God which we noted in Psalms 38:15. The logic, the skill, the persistence, and the earnest urgency of this prayer have been the marvel of all who ever studied it. [~'Elohiym] is the all-powerful Creator; Jehovah is the covenant God of Israel, and Lord is the personal Master whom all of God's people are pledged to serve, to honor, and... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Psalms 38:21

21, 22. (Compare Psalms 22:19; Psalms 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. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 38:1-22

Psalms 38In this individual lament psalm, which has been called "the penitent’s plea," [Note: Ironside, p. 222.] David expressed penitence that he had sinned against God and had thereby incurred His discipline. This discipline came in the form of opposition from enemies that the psalmist asked God to remove.The title "memorial" (NASB) or "petition" (NIV) literally means: "to bring to remembrance." It also occurs in the title of Psalms 70."Since with God to remember is to act, this word speaks... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 38:21-22

The psalm closes with a supplication. David pleaded with God to come to his rescue soon. The Lord had forsaken him and had stood aloof from his suffering long enough. Now it was time to save.Sometimes believers bring physical, emotional, and interpersonal suffering on themselves by sinning. In such cases, God may discipline us with pain so we will learn not to do the same thing again. In the process, we should reaffirm our trust in God as our deliverer from all our woes. read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 38:1-22

This Ps. may be compared with Psalms 6. It is the prayer of one who, like Job, is in great bodily suffering (Psalms 38:1-10), and is also deserted by his friends (Psalms 38:11), and beset by treacherous enemies (Psalms 38:12, Psalms 38:19-20). He is conscious that his trouble is due to bis sin (Psalms 38:4, Psalms 38:18), and appeals trustfully to God for pardon, healing, and deliverance. The description of personal suffering is too minute for a purely national Ps. It has been suggested that... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Psalms 38:1-22

Repentance Psalms 38:18 There can be no real repentance, and, therefore, no blessed forgiveness, unless we attain to two things: a knowledge of what sin is how serious, how full of peril, how displeasing to God, how exceeding sinful; and a knowledge of what we are ourselves a recognition in the full light of consciousness of our own lives and our own deeds. But a yet further step is necessary, which is to weld together these two convictions, and to see that our own lives, our deeds, our... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Psalms 38:1-22

Psalms 38:1-22THIS is a long-drawn wail. passionate at first, but gradually calming itself into submission and trust, though never passing from the minor key. The name of God is invoked thrice (Psalms 38:1, Psalms 38:9, Psalms 38:15), and each time that the psalmist looks up his burden is somewhat easier to carry, and some "low beginnings of content" steal into his heart and mingle with his lament. Sorrow finds relief in repeating its plaint. It is the mistake of coldblooded readers to look for... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Psalms 38:1-22

Psalms 38:0 The Suffering Saint and Confession of Sin 1. Suffering and Humiliation (Psalms 38:1-8 ) 2. Looking to the Lord (Psalms 38:9-15 ) 3. Confession and prayer (Psalms 38:16-20 ) This Psalm is read by the Jews on the day of atonement. It pictures great suffering in body and soul; it reminds us in different ways of the book of Job. (See and compare Psalms 38:2 with Job 6:4 ; Psalms 38:4 with Job 23:2 ; Psalms 38:11 with Job 19:13 ; the loathsome disease, with no soundness in the... read more

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