Psalm 22:15
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New International Version
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.

New Living Translation
My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.

English Standard Version
my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.

New American Standard Bible
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.

King James Bible
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You put me into the dust of death.

International Standard Version
My strength is dried up like broken pottery; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth, and you have brought me down to the dust of death.

NET Bible
The roof of my mouth is as dry as a piece of pottery; my tongue sticks to my gums. You set me in the dust of death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My power has dried up like the clay vessel of a Potter; my tongue is stuck to the roof of my palate, and you have cast me into the dust of death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My strength is dried up like pieces of broken pottery. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You lay me down in the dust of death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; And my tongue cleaveth to my throat; And Thou layest me in the dust of death.

New American Standard 1977
My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
            And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
            And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

King James 2000 Bible
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue clings to my jaws; and you have brought me to the dust of death.

American King James Version
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to my jaws; and you have brought me into the dust of death.

American Standard Version
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; And thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue hath cleaved to my jaws: and thou hast brought me down into the dust of death.

Darby Bible Translation
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my palate; and thou hast laid me in the dust of death.

English Revised Version
My Strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Webster's Bible Translation
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

World English Bible
My strength is dried up like a potsherd. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have brought me into the dust of death.

Young's Literal Translation
Dried up as an earthen vessel is my power, And my tongue is cleaving to my jaws.
Study Bible
Why have You Forsaken Me?
14I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. 15My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death. 16For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.…
Word Study

My strength
koach  (ko'-akh)
from an unused root meaning to be firm; vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard

is dried up
yabesh  (yaw-bashe')
to be ashamed, confused or disappointed; also (as failing) to dry up (as water) or wither (as herbage)

like a potsherd
cheres  (kheh'-res)
a piece of pottery -- earth(-en), (pot-)sherd, + stone.

and my tongue
lashown  (law-shone')
the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water)

cleaveth
dabaq  (daw-bak')
to impinge, i.e. cling or adhere; figuratively, to catch by pursuit

to my jaws
malqowach  (mal-ko'-akh)
transitively (in dual) the jaws (as taking food); intransitively, spoil (and captives) (as taken) -- booty, jaws, prey.

and thou hast brought
shaphath  (shaw-fath')
to locate, i.e. (generally) hang on or (figuratively) establish, reduce -- bring, ordain, set on.

me into the dust
`aphar  (aw-fawr')
dust (as powdered or gray); hence, clay, earth, mud -- ashes, dust, earth, ground, morter, powder, rubbish.

of death
maveth  (maw'-veth)
death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin -- (be) dead(-ly), death, die(-d).

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
John 19:28
After this, knowing that everything had now been accomplished, and to fulfill the Scripture, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."

Psalm 32:4
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

Psalm 38:10
My heart throbs, my strength fails me; And the light of my eyes, even that has gone from me.

Psalm 104:29
You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire And return to their dust.

Psalm 137:6
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Lamentations 4:4
The tongue of the infant cleaves To the roof of its mouth because of thirst; The little ones ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.
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My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to my jaws; and you have brought me into the dust of death.

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