22:1(To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of
David.) My a God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
[why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words
of my b roaring?
(a) Here appears that horrible conflict, which he sustained
between faith and desperation.
(b) Being tormented with extreme anguish.
22:3 But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the c
praises of Israel.
(c) He means the place of praising, even the tabernacle or
else it is so called, because he gave the people
continuous opportunity to praise him.
22:6 But I [am] a d worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and
despised of the people.
(d) And seeming most miserable of all creatures, which
referred to Christ, and in this appears the unspeakable
love of God for man, that he would thus abase his son
for our sakes.
22:9 But thou [art] he that took me out of the e womb: thou
didst make me hope [when I was] upon my mother's breasts.
(e) Even from my birth you have given me opportunity to
trust in you.
22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from
my mother's f belly.
(f) For unless God's providence preserves the infants,
they would perish a thousand times in the mother's
22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong g [bulls] of Bashan
have beset me round.
(g) He means that his enemies were so fat, proud and cruel
that they were more like beasts than men.
22:14 I am poured out like h water, and all my bones are out
of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst
of my bowels.
(h) Before he spoke of the cruelty of his enemies, and now
he declares the inward grief of the mind, so that
Christ was tormented both in soul and body.
22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue
cleaveth to my jaws; and thou i hast brought me into the
dust of death.
(i) You permitted me to be without all hope of life.
22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked
have inclosed me: they k pierced my hands and my feet.
(k) Thus David complained as though he were nailed by his
enemies in both hands and feet, but this was
accomplished in Christ.
22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my l darling from the
power of the dog.
(l) My life that is solitary, left alone and forsaken by
all, (Ps 35:17,25:16)
22:21m Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me
from the horns of the unicorns.
(m) Christ is delivered with a more mighty deliverance by
overcoming death, than if he had not tasted death at
22:23 Ye that fear the LORD, n praise him; all ye the seed of
Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of
(n) He promises to exhort the Church that they by his
example might praise the Lord.
22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of
the o afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him;
but when he cried unto him, he heard.
(o) The poor afflicted are comforted by this example of
David, or Christ.
22:25 My praise [shall be] of thee in the great congregation: I
will pay my p vows before them that fear him.
(p) Which were sacrifices of thanksgiving which they
offered by God's commandment, when they were delivered
out of any great danger.
22:26q The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise
the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
(q) He alludes still to the sacrifice.
22:29 All [they that be] fat r upon earth shall eat and
worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow
before him: s and none can keep alive his own soul.
(r) Though the poor are first named as in (Ps 22:26)
yet the wealthy are not separated from the grace of
(s) In whom there is no hope that he will recover life: so
neither poor nor rich, quick nor dead will be rejected
from his kingdom.
22:30t A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the
Lord for a generation.
(t) Meaning, the prosperity which the Lord keeps as a seed
to the Church to continue his praise among men.
22:31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto
a people that shall be born, that he hath u done [this].