The Passion Translation
4 Our fathers’ faith was in you—
through the generations they trusted and believed in you
and you came through.
5 Every time they cried out to you in their despair,
you were faithful to deliver them;
you didn’t disappoint them.
6 But look at me now; I am like a woeful worm,
crushed, and I’m bleeding crimson.[a]
I don’t even look like a man anymore.
I’ve been abused, despised, and scorned by everyone!
- Psalm 22:6 The Hebrew word for “worm” is tola, which is also the word for “crimson” or “scarlet.” Tola was a certain worm in the Middle East that, when crushed, bled a crimson color so strong it was used as a dye for garments. Jesus was not saying he was a despised worm, but that he will bleed as he is crushed for our sins.