Psalm 22:15
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.

Berean Study Bible
My strength 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 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
My strength has dried up like a broken clay pot, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You, God, have left me to die in the dirt.

Good News Translation
My throat is as dry as dust, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have left me for dead in the dust.

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.

New Heart English Bible
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; and you have brought me into 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My strength is dried up, like a potsherd; and my tongue is glued to my throat; and thou hast brought me down to 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
The Psalm of the Cross
14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed. My heart is like wax; it melts away within me. 15My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You lay me in the dust of death. 16For dogs surround me; a band of evil men encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet.…
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 strength was drained as in the summer heat. Selah

Psalm 38:10
My heart pounds, my strength fails, and even the light of my eyes has faded.

Psalm 104:29
When You hide Your face, they panic; when You take away their breath, they die and return to 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 as my greatest joy!

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

Lamentations 4:4
The nursing infant's tongue clings in thirst to the roof of his mouth. Little children beg for bread, but no one gives them any.

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.

strength

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 doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

tongue

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

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

Lamentations 4:4
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

into the

Psalm 30:9
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Psalm 104:29
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Genesis 3:19
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.







Lexicon
My strength
כֹּחִ֗י (kō·ḥî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

is dried up
יָ֘בֵ֤שׁ (yā·ḇêš)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3001: To be ashamed, confused, disappointed, to dry up, wither

like a potsherd,
כַּחֶ֨רֶשׂ ׀ (ka·ḥe·reś)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2789: Earthenware, earthen vessel, sherd, potsherd

and my tongue
וּ֭לְשׁוֹנִי (ū·lə·šō·w·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

sticks
מֻדְבָּ֣ק (muḏ·bāq)
Verb - Hofal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

to the roof of my mouth.
מַלְקוֹחָ֑י (mal·qō·w·ḥāy)
Noun - mdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4455: The jaws, in, spoil

You lay me
תִּשְׁפְּתֵֽנִי׃ (tiš·pə·ṯê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8239: Put -- to set (on the fire)

in the dust
וְֽלַעֲפַר־ (wə·la·‘ă·p̄ar-)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

of death.
מָ֥וֶת (mā·weṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin
(15) My strength.--The conjecture, "my palate," instead of "my strength," improves the parallelism. Others, but not so happily, "my moisture."

The dust of death.--Comp. Shakespeare's "Macbeth:"

"The way to dusty death."

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.). 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.
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