Psalm 22:6
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New International Version
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.

New Living Translation
But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by all!

English Standard Version
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.

New American Standard Bible
But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people.

King James Bible
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by people.

International Standard Version
But as for me, I am only a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by people.

NET Bible
But I am a worm, not a man; people insult me and despise me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I am a worm and not a man; a reproach of the children of men and despised of the people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned by humanity and despised by people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men and despised of the people.

King James 2000 Bible
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

American King James Version
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

American Standard Version
But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the outcast of the people.

Darby Bible Translation
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and the despised of the people.

English Revised Version
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people.

World English Bible
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people.

Young's Literal Translation
And I am a worm, and no man, A reproach of man, and despised of the people.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1-10 The Spirit of Christ, which was in the prophets, testifies in this psalm, clearly and fully, the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. We have a sorrowful complaint of God's withdrawings. This may be applied to any child of God, pressed down, overwhelmed with grief and terror. Spiritual desertions are the saints' sorest afflictions; but even their complaint of these burdens is a sign of spiritual life, and spiritual senses exercised. To cry our, My God, why am I sick? why am I poor? savours of discontent and worldliness. But, Why hast thou forsaken me? is the language of a heart binding up its happiness in God's favour. This must be applied to Christ. In the first words of this complaint, he poured out his soul before God when he was upon the cross, Mt 27:46. Being truly man, Christ felt a natural unwillingness to pass through such great sorrows, yet his zeal and love prevailed. Christ declared the holiness of God, his heavenly Father, in his sharpest sufferings; nay, declared them to be a proof of it, for which he would be continually praised by his Israel, more than for all other deliverances they received. Never any that hoped in thee, were made ashamed of their hope; never any that sought thee, sought thee in vain. Here is a complaint of the contempt and reproach of men. The Saviour here spoke of the abject state to which he was reduced. The history of Christ's sufferings, and of his birth, explains this prophecy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - But I am a worm, and no man (comp. Job 25:6; Isaiah 41:14). The worm is a symbol of extreme weakness and helplessness - it is naturally despised, derided, trodden upon. A reproach of men, and despised of the people (Comp. Isaiah 49:7; Isaiah 53:3; and for the fulfilment, see Matthew 27:39). How deeply Christ was "despised of the people" appeared most evidently when they expressed their desire that, instead of him, a murderer should be granted to them (Acts 3:14).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But I am a worm, and no man,.... Christ calls himself a worm, not because of his original, for he was not of the earth earthy, but was the Lord from heaven; nor because of his human nature, man being a worm, and the Son of Man such, Job 25:6; and because of his meanness and low estate in that nature, in his humiliation; nor to express his humility, and the mean thoughts he had of himself, as David, his type, calls himself a dead dog, and a flea, 1 Samuel 24:14; but on account of the opinion that men of the world had of him; so Jacob is called "a worm", Isaiah 41:14; not only because mean in his own eyes, but contemptible in the eyes of others. The Jews esteemed Christ as a worm, and treated him as such; he was loathsome to them and hated by them; everyone trampled upon him and trod him under foot as men do worms; such a phrase is used of him in Hebrews 10:29; there is an agreement in some things between the worm and Christ in his state of humiliation; as in its uncomeliness and disagreeable appearance; so in Christ the Jews could discern no form nor comeliness wherefore he should be desired; and in its weakness, the worm being an impotent, unarmed, and defenceless creatures, hence the Chaldee paraphrase renders it here "a weak worm"; and though Christ is the mighty God, and is also the Son of Man whom God made strong for himself, yet mere was a weakness in his human nature and he was crucified through it, 2 Corinthians 13:4; and it has been observed by some, that the word here used signifies the scarlet worm, or the worm that is in the grain or berry with which scarlet is dyed; and like, is scarlet worm did our Lord look, when by way of mockery be was clothed with a scarlet robe; and especially when he appeared in his dyed garments, and was red in his apparel, as one that treadeth in the wine fat; when his body was covered with blood when he hung upon the cross, which was shed to make crimson and scarlet sins as white as wool. When Christ says he was "no man", his meaning is, not that he was not truly and really man, for he assumed a true body and a reasonable soul; he partook of the same flesh and blood with his children, and was in all things made like unto his brethren, excepting sin; but that he was a man of no figure, he bore no office, and had no title of honour; he was not a Rabbi, nor a member of the Jewish sanhedrim; he had no share of government, either in the civil or ecclesiastic state; he was a carpenter's son, and a carpenter; nor was he treated as a man, but in the most inhuman manner; he was despised and rejected of men, he was called a madman, and said to have a devil;

a reproach of men; he was reproached by men, as if he had been the worst of men; the reproaches of God and of his people all fell on him, insomuch that his heart was broken with them; see Psalm 69:7; and it was reckoned a reproach to men to be seen in his company, or to be thought to belong to him, and be a disciple of his; hence some, who believed he was the Messiah, yet would not confess him, because they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God, John 12:42;

and despised of the people; rejected with contempt as the Messiah, refused with scorn as the stone of Israel, disallowed of men, and set at nought by them; by "the people" are meant the people of the Jews, his own people and nation; which contempt of him they signified both by gestures and words, as in the following verses.

(When the female of the scarlet worm species was ready to give birth to her young, she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree, fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother died, the crimson fluid stained her body and the surrounding wood. From the dead bodies of such female scarlet worms, the commercial scarlet dyes of antiquity were extracted. (x) What a picture this gives of Christ, dying on the tree, shedding his precious blood that he might "bring many sons unto glory" (Hebrews 2:10)! He died for us, that we might live through him! Psalm 22:6 describes such a worm and gives us this picture of Christ. (cf. Isaiah 1:18) Editor.)

(x) Dr. Henry Morris, "Biblical Basis for Modern Science", p. 73. Baker Book House, 1985.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. He who was despised and rejected of His own people, as a disgrace to the nation, might well use these words of deep abasement, which express not His real, but esteemed, value.

Psalm 22:6 Additional Commentaries
Why have You Forsaken Me?
5To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed. 6But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people. 7All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,…
Cross References
Job 25:6
how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot-- a human being, who is only a worm!"

Psalm 31:11
Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.

Psalm 69:19
You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you.

Psalm 109:25
I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.

Psalm 119:141
Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts.

Isaiah 41:14
Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you," declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 49:7
This is what the LORD says-- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel-- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."

Isaiah 53:3
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Lamentations 3:14
I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.

Lamentations 3:46
"All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us.
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But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

I am

Job 25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel; I will help you, …

a reproach

Psalm 31:1 In you, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver …

Psalm 69:7-12,19,20 Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face…

Psalm 88:8 You have put away my acquaintance far from me; you have made me an …

Isaiah 49:7 Thus said the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to …

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted …

Lamentations 3:30 He gives his cheek to him that smites him: he is filled full with reproach.

Matthew 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man …

Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not …

Matthew 27:20-23 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they …

John 7:15,20,47-49 And the Jews marveled, saying, How knows this man letters, having …

John 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you …

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …

Hebrews 13:12 Why Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, …

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