Psalm 22:12
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New International Version
Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

New Living Translation
My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls; fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in!

English Standard Version
Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

New American Standard Bible
Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

King James Bible
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many bulls surround me; strong ones of Bashan encircle me.

International Standard Version
Many bulls have surrounded me; the vicious bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

NET Bible
Many bulls surround me; powerful bulls of Bashan hem me in.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Many bulls have surrounded me and young bulls of Bayshan encircled me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many bulls have surrounded me. Strong bulls from Bashan have encircled me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round about.

King James 2000 Bible
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round about.

American King James Version
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

American Standard Version
Many bulls have compassed me; Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Many calves have surrounded me: fat bulls have besieged me.

Darby Bible Translation
Many bulls have encompassed me; Bashan's strong ones have beset me round.

English Revised Version
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Webster's Bible Translation
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

World English Bible
Many bulls have surrounded me. Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

Young's Literal Translation
Many bulls have surrounded me, Mighty ones of Bashan have compassed me,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:11-21 In these verses we have Christ suffering, and Christ praying; by which we are directed to look for crosses, and to look up to God under them. The very manner of Christ's death is described, though not in use among the Jews. They pierced his hands and his feet, which were nailed to the accursed tree, and his whole body was left so to hang as to suffer the most severe pain and torture. His natural force failed, being wasted by the fire of Divine wrath preying upon his spirits. Who then can stand before God's anger? or who knows the power of it? The life of the sinner was forfeited, and the life of the Sacrifice must be the ransom for it. Our Lord Jesus was stripped, when he was crucified, that he might clothe us with the robe of his righteousness. Thus it was written, therefore thus it behoved Christ to suffer. Let all this confirm our faith in him as the true Messiah, and excite our love to him as the best of friends, who loved us, and suffered all this for us. Christ in his agony prayed, prayed earnestly, prayed that the cup might pass from him. When we cannot rejoice in God as our song, yet let us stay ourselves upon him as our strength; and take the comfort of spiritual supports, when we cannot have spiritual delights. He prays to be delivered from the Divine wrath. He that has delivered, doth deliver, and will do so. We should think upon the sufferings and resurrection of Christ, till we feel in our souls the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Many bulls have compassed me. The Sufferer represents the adversaries who crowd around him under the figure of "bulls" - fierce animals in all parts of the world, and in Palestine particularly' wild and ferocious. "Bulls,, and buffaloes are very numerous, says Canon Tristram, "in Southern Judaea; they are in the habit of gathering in a circle around any novel or unaccustomed object, and may be easily instigated into charging with their horns" ('Natural History of the Bible,' p. 71). Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. Bashan, the richest pasture-g"round of Palestine, produces the largest and strongest animals (Ezekiel 39:18). Hence "the kine of Bashan" became an expression for powerful oppressors (Amos 4:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Many bulls have compassed me,.... By whom are meant the chief priests, elders, Scribes, and Pharisees, among the Jews, and Herod and Pontius Pilate among the Gentiles, comparable to bulls for their fierceness, rage, and fury against Christ, Psalm 2:1; and for their pushing at him with their horns of power and authority, and for their trampling him under their feet, his person and offices; these compassed him about at his apprehension, arraignment, trial, and condemnation; and there were many of them to one child, Jesus:

strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round; Bashan was a very fruitful country, in which cattle of various sorts, and bulls among the rest, were fed and fattened; see Deuteronomy 32:14; bulls are noted for their strength in other writers (a). Hence great men, who abounded in riches and power, and used them to the oppression of the poor, are compared to the kine of Bashan, Amos 4:1; and a very fit name this was for the kings and princes of the earth; for Caiaphas, Annas, and the chief priests, that lived upon the fat of the land, who beset Christ around, and employed all their power and policy to take him and bring him to death; nor is it unusual with Heathen writers (b) to compare great personages to bulls.

(a) "Fortes tauri", Virgil. Georgic. l. 1. v. 65. Ovid. Metamorph. l. 9. Fab. 1.((b) Homer. Iliad. 2. v. 48. Horat. Satyr. l. 1. Satyr. 3. v. 110.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12, 13. His enemies, with the vigor of bulls and rapacity of lions, surround him, eagerly seeking his ruin. The force of both figures is greater without the use of any particle denoting comparison.

Psalm 22:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Why have You Forsaken Me?
11Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. 12Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me. 13They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion.…
Cross References
Luke 21:20
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.

Deuteronomy 32:14
with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape.

Psalm 22:21
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

Psalm 68:30
Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.

Psalm 88:17
All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.

Ezekiel 39:18
You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls--all of them fattened animals from Bashan.

Amos 4:1
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!"

Habakkuk 1:4
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
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