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Psalms 38:17

    Psalms 38:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My feet are near to falling, and my sorrow is ever before me.

    Webster's Revision

    For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.

    World English Bible

    For I am ready to fall. My pain is continually before me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

    Definitions for Psalms 38:17

    Halt - Lame; crippled in the feet.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 38:17

    For I am ready to halt - Literally, I am prepared to halt. So completely infirm is my soul, that it is impossible for me to take one right step in the way of righteousness, unless strengthened by thee.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 38:17

    For I am ready to halt - Margin, as in Hebrew, "for halting." The word from which the word used here is derived means properly to lean on one side, and then to halt or limp. The meaning here is, that he was like one who was limping along, and who was ready to fall; that is, in the case here referred to, he felt that his strength was almost gone, and that he was in continual danger of falling into sin, or sinking under his accumulated burdens, and of thus giving occasion for all that his enemies said of him, or occasion for their triumphing over him. Men often have this feeling - that their sorrows are so great that they cannot hope to hold out much longer, and that if God does not interpose they must fall.

    And my sorrow is continually before me - That is, my grief or suffering is unintermitted. Probably the reference here is particularly to that which "caused" his grief, or which was the source of his trouble - his sin. The fact that he was a sinner was never absent from his mind; that was the source of all his trouble; that was what so pressed upon him that it was likely to crush him to the dust.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 38:17

    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.