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

New Living Translation
Snatch me from the lion's jaws and from the horns of these wild oxen.

English Standard Version
Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

New American Standard Bible
Save me from the lion's mouth; From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me.

King James Bible
Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen.

International Standard Version
Deliver me from the mouth of the lion, from the horns of the wild oxen. You have answered me.

NET Bible
Rescue me from the mouth of the lion, and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Save me from the mouth of the lion and my humility from the horn of pride

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Save me from the mouth of the lion and from the horns of wild oxen. You have answered me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Save me from the lion's mouth and from the horns of the unicorns.

King James 2000 Bible
Save me from the lion's mouth: for you have heard me from the horns of the wild oxen.

American King James Version
Save me from the lion's mouth: for you have heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

American Standard Version
Save me from the lion's mouth; Yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Save me from the lion's mouth; and my lowness from the horns of the unicorns.

Darby Bible Translation
Save me from the lion's mouth. Yea, from the horns of the buffaloes hast thou answered me.

English Revised Version
Save me from the lion's mouth; yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

World English Bible
Save me from the lion's mouth! Yes, from the horns of the wild oxen, you have answered me.

Young's Literal Translation
Save me from the mouth of a lion: -- And -- from the horns of the high places Thou hast answered 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 21. - Save me from the lion's mouth (comp. ver. 13). Either the chief persecutors, viewed as a class, or Satan, their instigator, would seem to be intended. For thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns; rather, even from the horns of the win oxen hast thou heard me. The conviction suddenly comes to the Sufferer that he is heard. Still, the adversaries are round about him - the "dogs," the "lions," and the "strong bulls of Bashan," now showing as ferocious wild cattle, menacing him with their horns. But all the Sufferer's feelings are changed. The despondent mood has passed away. He is not forsaken. He has One to help. In one way or another he knows himself - feels himself - delivered; and he passes from despair and agony into a condition of perfect peace, and even exultation. He passes, in fact, from death to life, from humiliation to glory; and at once he proceeds to show forth his thankfulness by a burst of praise. The last strophe of the psalm (vers. 22-31) is the jubilant song of the Redeemer, now that his mediatorial work is done, and his life of suffering "finished" (John 19:30).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Save me from the lion's mouth,.... Either the devil, who is as a roaring lion, whom Christ overcame both in the garden and on the cross, and destroyed him and his works; or all his wicked enemies, especially the most powerful of them, who were in greatest authority, as the chief priests and elders; so rulers and civil magistrates, who are cruel and unmerciful, are compared to lions, Proverbs 28:15;

for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns; some read this as a prayer like the former, "hear thou me" (l), &c. that is, deliver me; but according to our version it expresses what God had done, that he had heard him and saved him; and is used as a reason or argument with him that he would regard also his other petitions: or it may have respect to what follows, that since God had heard him, and delivered him out of the hands of his most powerful enemies, therefore he would declare his name and praise him; for the unicorn being a very strong creature, and its strength lying much in its horn, with which it pushes and does mischief; see Numbers 23:22. Christ's strong and potent enemies are intended here; such as Satan and his principalities and powers, the sanhedrim of the Jews, Herod, Pontius Pilate, and others, from whose power he was freed when raised from the dead. According to Pliny (m), the monoceros, or unicorn, is the fiercest of wild beasts; in its body like a horse, it has the head of an hart and feet of an elephant, the tail of a bear, makes a great bellowing; has one black horn rising up in the middle of the forehead, of two cubits long; it is denied that it was ever taken alive, which agrees with Job 39:9; See Gill on Job 39:9 and See Gill on Job 39:10.

(l) "exaudi me", Muis, Gejerus, Michaelis. (m) Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 21.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. Deliverance pleaded in view of former help, when in the most imminent danger, from the most powerful enemy, represented by the unicorn or wild buffalo.

the lion's mouth—(Compare Ps 22:13). The lion often used as a figure representing violent enemies; the connecting of the mouth intimates their rapacity.

Psalm 22:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Why have You Forsaken Me?
20Deliver my soul from the sword, My only life from the power of the dog. 21Save me from the lion's mouth; From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me. 22I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.…
Cross References
2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.

Job 39:9
"Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?

Psalm 3:7
Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

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

Psalm 22:13
Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 35:17
How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.

Psalm 118:5
When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place.

Psalm 120:1
A song of ascents. I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.

Isaiah 34:7
And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat.
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Numbers 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of an unicorn.

Deuteronomy 33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are …

Job 30:9,10 And now am I their song, yes, I am their byword…

Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with …

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and …

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Psalm 22:25 My praise shall be of you in the great congregation: I will pay my …

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