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.

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.
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 15. - My strength is dried up like a potsherd. All strength dies out under the action of the many acute pains which rack the whole frame, and as little remains as there remains of moisture in a potsherd. And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws. An extreme and agonizing thirst sets in - the secretions generally fail - and the saliva especially is suppressed, so that the mouth feels parched and dry. Hence the cry of suffering which was at last wrung from our Lord, when, just before the end, he exclaimed, "I thirst" (John 19:28). And thou hast brought me into the dust of death. "The dust of death" is a periphrasis for death itself, which is so closely associated in our thoughts with the dust of the tomb (see below, ver. 29; and comp. Psalm 30:10; Psalm 104:29; and Job 10:9; Job 34:35; Ecclesiastes 3:20; Ecclesiastes 12:7, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My strength is dried up like a potsherd,.... The radical moisture of his body was dried up through his loss of blood and spirits, and through the violent fever upon him, brought on him by his being hurried from court to court; and which generally attends persons under a panic, in consternation and fear of danger and death, and at crucifixion; or this was occasioned by the inward sorrow and distress of his mind, which affected his body and dried his bones, as a broken spirit is said to do, Proverbs 17:22; and chiefly it was brought upon him through the sense he had the wrath of God, which like fire dried up his strength, just as a potsherd burnt in a furnace; which expresses his dolorous sufferings, which were typified by the passover lamb being roasted with fire, and the manna being baked in pans;

and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; so that he could not, or rather would not, speak; this phrase sometimes signifying silence, Job 29:10, Ezekiel 3:26. Thus Christ answered not a word to the charges of the false witnesses before the high priest, nor to the accusations of the chief priests and elders before Pilate; nor did he open his mouth, when he was led to be crucified, neither against the law and justice of God, nor against his people for whom he suffered, nor against his enemies who used him cruelly; when he was reviled he reviled not again; but rather this was occasioned by thirst, through the violent fever that was upon him; see Lamentations 4:4; Hence, when he hung upon the cross, he said, "I thirst", John 19:28;

and thou hast brought me into the dust of death; meaning either death itself, which brings to the dust, and which is signified in this psalm by going down to it, Psalm 22:29; or the grave, where the body crumbles into dust, and where it is covered with dust, and therefore is said to sleep in the dust of the earth, Daniel 12:2; and accordingly the Targum renders it here, "thou hast shut me up in the house of the grave": now Christ both died and was laid in the grave, though he did not lie there so long as to corrupt and decompose, yet he might be truly said to be laid in the dust: and this is attributed to God, to his counsel, disposal, and Providence; and even whatever was done to Christ antecedent to his death, and which led on to it, were what God's hand and counsel had determined to be done; and though it was with wicked hands the Jews took Christ and used him in the manner after related, and crucified and slew him, he was delivered to them by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God; and by these he was delivered into the hands of justice, and brought to death itself, Acts 2:23.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. the dust of death—of course, denotes the grave. We need not try to find the exact counterpart of each item of the description in the particulars of our Saviour's sufferings. Figurative language resembles pictures of historical scenes, presenting substantial truth, under illustrations, which, though not essential to the facts, are not inconsistent with them. Were any portion of Christ's terrible sufferings specially designed, it was doubtless that of the garden of Gethsemane.

Psalm 22:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
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.…
Cross References
John 19:28
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."

Psalm 32:4
For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

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

Psalm 104:29
When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.

Psalm 137:6
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Lamentations 4:4
Because of thirst the infant's tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.
Treasury of Scripture

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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Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long…

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

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Psalm 69:3,21 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I …

Job 29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

Lamentations 4:4 The tongue of the sucking child sticks to the roof of his mouth for …

John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, …

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Psalm 30:9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall …

Psalm 104:29 You hide your face, they are troubled: you take away their breath, …

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to …

Job 7:21 And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? …

Job 10:9 Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will …

Job 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how …

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