The Chiastic Structure of Psalm 38

In Psalm 38 the righteous sufferer calls on and hopes in the Lord to deliver him. Note that this Psalmist is righteous not because he is sinless but because he confesses his sin and repents of it. The one in whom the Psalm finds typological fulfillment bears the sins of his people but has none of his own (cf. Isa 53:3, 7).

Psalm 38

1–2, Do Not Discipline

3–7, No Soundness Because of Sin

8–10, Groaning to the Lord

11–12, Abandoned and Opposed

13–14, Not Responding

15–16, Trusting in the Lord

17–20, Weakened by Sin

21–21, Do Not Forsake

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