The Passion Translation
A Prophetic Portrait of the Cross[a]
22 For the Pure and Shining One
King David’s song of anguish
To the tune of “The Deer at the Dawning of the Day”[b]
1 God, my God!
Why would you abandon me now?[c]
2 Why do you remain distant,
refusing to answer[d] my tearful cries in the day
and my desperate cries for your help in the night?
I can’t stop sobbing.
Where are you, my God?
3 Yet I know that you are most holy; it’s indisputable.
You are God-Enthroned, surrounded with songs,
living among the shouts of praise of your princely people.
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.[e]
I don’t even look like a man anymore.
I’ve been abused, despised, and scorned by everyone!
7 Mocked by their jeers, despised with their sneers,
as all the people poke fun at me, spitting their insults,
8 saying, “Is this the one who trusted in God?
Is this the one who claims God is pleased with him?
Now let’s see if your God will come to your rescue!
We’ll just see how much he delights in you!”
9 Lord, you delivered me safely from my mother’s womb.
You are the one who cared for me ever since I was a baby.
10 Since the day I was born, I’ve been placed in your custody.
You’ve cradled me throughout my days.
I’ve trusted in you and you’ve always been my God.
11 So don’t leave me now; stay close to me!
For trouble is all around me and there’s no one else to help me.
12 I’m surrounded by many violent foes;
mighty forces of evil are swirling around me
who want to break me to bits and destroy me.[f]
13 Curses pour from their mouths!
They’re like ravenous, roaring lions tearing their prey.
- Psalm 22:1 Thirty-three prophecies from this psalm were fulfilled when Jesus was on the cross.
- Psalm 22:1 This could be an amazing picture of Christ giving birth at the cross to a generation of his seed. They are like children of God born in the dawning of that resurrection morning.
- Psalm 22:1 When Jesus quoted these words while dying on the cross, he was identifying himself as the one David wrote about in this psalm. It is a breathtaking portrayal of what Jesus endured through his suffering for us. The psalm ends with another quotation of Jesus on the cross: “It is finished!”
- Psalm 22:2 David uses poetic nuance here, for the word answer (‘anah) is also a Hebrew homonym for “affliction.”
- 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.
- Psalm 22:12 Many translations have here “strong bulls of Bashan.” The root word for “bull” means “to break or destroy.” The word Bashan, although known as a fertile land northeast of the Sea of Galilee, is also a word for “serpent.” These represent the many demonic spirits who came against the Son of God as he was being crucified.
The Passion Translation
41 Even the ruling priests, with the Jewish scholars and religious leaders, joined in the mockery[a] 42 and kept on saying, “He saved others, but he can’t even save himself! Israel’s king, is he? He should pull out the nails and come down from the cross right now; then we’ll believe in him! 43 He says he puts all his trust in God, so let’s see if it’s true, and see if God really wants to rescue his ‘favorite son’!”[b]Read full chapter