Commentary on Psalm 22

Psalm of the Cross

(Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:28-30)

1{To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.}

My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?

2O My God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

3But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

4Our fathers trusted in Thee: they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.

5They cried unto Thee, and were delivered: they trusted in Thee, and were not confounded.

6But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

7All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8He trusted on the LORD that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him.

9But Thou art He that took me out of the womb: Thou didst make me hope when I was upon My mother’s breasts.

10I was cast upon Thee from the womb: Thou art My God from My mother’s belly.

11Be not far from Me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

12Many bulls have compassed Me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round.

13They gaped upon Me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels.

15My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws; and Thou hast brought Me into the dust of death.

16For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.

17I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me.

18They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.

19But be not Thou far from Me, O LORD: O My strength, haste Thee to help Me.

20Deliver My soul from the sword; My darling from the power of the dog.

21Save Me from the lion’s mouth: for Thou hast heard Me from the horns of the unicorns.

22I will declare Thy name unto My brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.

23Ye that fear the LORD, praise Him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel.

24For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from Him; but when He cried unto Him, He heard.

25My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation: I will pay My vows before them that fear Him.

26The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek Him: your heart shall live for ever.

27All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee.

28For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and He is the governor among the nations.

29All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him: and none can keep alive His own soul.

30A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

31They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done this.

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