Psalm 38

1 O Jehovah, rebuke me not in thy wrath;
Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2 For thine arrows stick fast in me,
And thy hand presseth me sore.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine
Neither is there any health in my bones because of my

1-11. The grievousness of the Lord’s temptations is described. P. P.

4 For mine iniquities are gone over my head:
As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

4 See Psalm iv. 7-9. R. 306.
They alone have peace who are in good and thence in truths, and not those who are in evils and thence in falsities. E. 365.

5 My wounds are loathsome and corrupt,
Because of my foolishness.
6 I am pained and bowed down greatly;
I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with burning;
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am faint and sore bruised:
I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my

5 6. Because stench stands for that which is of aversion, in the Word stench is used to express aversion. That they who are in evils and thence in falsities carry a stench about them is very manifest from the hells which are called the hells of corpses, where are assassins, and those who are most tenacious of revenge. A. 7 161.

A boil signifies defilement from evils, and blains the blasphemies which are thence. That wounds also signify such things is manifest from Isaiah i. 6. A. 7524.

Sores and wounds signify evils in the outmosts, arising from more internal evils, which are lusts. R. 678.

Wounds stand for the evils of the will, which are evil works; they are said to stink and be corrupt by reason of foolishness, when the delight of the will and of the thought thence derived is to do them. E. 962.

5-8. By diseases are signified the corruptions and evils of spiritual life. Therefore by the various kinds of diseases are signified also the various kinds of corruptions and evils of that life. A. 8364.

6 Stripe in the original tongue is expressed by a term which signifies blackness arising from a collection of blood, or of gore. Blood in the internal sense is the truth of faith from the good of love, and in the opposite sense truth falsified and profaned. Therefore stripe—wounds or bruises — means truth injured or extinguished. A. 9057.

9 Lord, all my desire is before thee;
And my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart throbbeth, my strength faileth me:
As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague;
And my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me;
And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things,
And meditate deceits all the day long.
13 But I, as a deaf man, hear not;
And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

6, 12. By plagues nothing else is signified but spiritual plagues, which affect men as to their soul, and destroy them. R. 657.

7 See Psalm xxxv. 14. E. 372.
9 See Psalm xxxii. 3. R. 471.
See Psalm xxxii. 3. E. 601.

10, 16-23. Trust in the Father that the hells will not prevail. P- P-

12, 13., Those who are of the church purpose to have Him put to death. P. P.

13, See Psalm xi. 6. A. 9348.

14 Yea, I am as a man that heareth not,
And in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Jehovah, do I hope:
Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, Lest they rejoice over me:
When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves
against me.
17 For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will declare mine iniquity;
I will be sorry for my sin.
19 But mine enemies are lively, and are strong;
And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
20 They also that render evil for good
Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that
is good.
21 Forsake me not, O Jehovah:
O my God, be not far from me.
22 Make haste to help me,
Lord, my salvation.

14, 15. He bears all things with patience. P. P.
16 See Psalm xviii. 3, 29, 30, 32. A. 300.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)