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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Psalms Chapter 38

Psalms 38:2

psa 38:2

Arrows - Thy judgments outward and inward.

Psalms 38:3

psa 38:3

Sin - Which hath provoked thee to deal thus severely with me.

Psalms 38:4

psa 38:4

Iniquities - Or, the punishment of mine iniquities, as this word is frequently used. Are gone - Like deep waters wherewith I am overwhelmed.

Psalms 38:5

psa 38:5

Foolishness - Sin.

Psalms 38:7

psa 38:7

Disease - The disease might be some burning fever, breaking forth outwardly in carbuncles, or boils. It is true, this and the other expressions may be taken figuratively, but we should not forsake the literal sense of the words without necessity.

Psalms 38:12

psa 38:12

Deceit - They design mischief, but cover it with fair pretences.

Psalms 38:13

psa 38:13

Dumb - Was silent, to testify his humiliation for his sins, and his acceptation of the punishment which he had brought upon himself.

Psalms 38:16

psa 38:16

When - When I fall into any misery, they triumph in the accomplishment of their desires.

Psalms 38:17

psa 38:17

To halt - just falling into destruction. Before me - I am constantly sensible of thy just hand, and of my sins the cause of it.

Psalms 38:18

psa 38:18

Declare - To thee.

Psalms 38:19

psa 38:19

Strong - Are thriving and flourishing.

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