Psalm 22:21
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English Standard Version
Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 22:15-16)Now he described, how, thus encompassed round, he is still just living, but already as it were dead. The being poured out like water reminds us of the ignominious abandonment of the Crucified One to a condition of weakness, in which His life, deprived of its natural support, is in the act of dissolution, and its powers dried up (2 Samuel 14:14); the bones being stretched out, of the forcible stretching out of His body (חתפּרד, from פּרד to separate, cf. Arab. frd, according to its radical signification, which has been preserved in the common Arabic dialect: so to spread out or apart that the thing has no bends or folds,

(Note: Vid., Bocthor, Dict. fran.-arabe, s. v. Etendre and Dployer.)

Greek ἐξαπλοῦν); the heart being melted, recalls His burning anguish, the inflammation of the wounds, and the pressure of blood on the head and heart, the characteristic cause of death by crucifixion. נמס, in pause נמס, is 3 praet.; wax, דּונג, receives its name from its melting (דנג, root דג, τηκ). In Psalm 22:16 the comparison כּחרשׂ has reference to the issue of result (vid., Psalm 18:43): my strength is dried up, so that it is become like a potsherd. חכּי (Saadia) instead of כּחי commends itself, unless, כּח perhaps, like the Talmudic כּיח cidumlaT eht eki, also had the signification "spittle" (as a more dignified word for רק). לשׁון, with the exception perhaps of Proverbs 26:28, is uniformly feminine; here the predicate has the masculine ground-form without respect to the subject. The part. pass. has a tendency generally to be used without reference to gender, under the influence of the construction laid down in Ges. 143, 1, b, according to which לשׁני may be treated as an accusative of the object; מלקוחי, however, is acc. loci (cf. ל Psalm 137:6; Job 29:10; אל Lamentations 4:4; Ezekiel 3:26): my tongue is made to cleave to my jaws, fauces meas. Such is his state in consequence of outward distresses. His enemies, however, would not have power to do all this, if God had not given it to them. Thus it is, so to speak, God Himself who lays him low in death. שׁפת to put anywhere, to lay, with the accompanying idea of firmness and duration, Arab. ṯbât, Isaiah 26:12; the future is used of that which is just taking place. Just in like manner, in Isaiah 53:1-12, the death of the Servant of God is spoken of not merely as happening thus, but as decreed; and not merely as permitted by God, but as being in accordance with the divine will. David is persecuted by Saul, the king of His people, almost to the death; Jesus, however, is delivered over by the Sanhedrim, the authority of His people, to the heathen, under whose hands He actually dies the death of the cross: it is a judicial murder put into execution according to the conditions and circumstances of the age; viewed, however, as to its final cause, it is a gracious dispensation of the holy God, in whose hands all the paths of the world's history run parallel, and who in this instance makes sin subservient to its own expiation.

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me from

Luke 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known...

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:


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 like the horns of unicorns...

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 the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood...

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the middle of them...

in the

Psalm 22:25 My praise shall be of you in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

Psalm 40:9,10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, you know...

Cross References
2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

Job 39:9
"Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he spend the night at your manger?

Psalm 3:7
Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.

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

Psalm 22:13
they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

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

Psalm 35:17
How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions!

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