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Psalms 22:14-15


22:14 My strength drains away like water; 1 

all my bones are dislocated;

my heart 2  is like wax;

it melts away inside me.

22:15 The roof of my mouth 3  is as dry as a piece of pottery;

my tongue sticks to my gums. 4 

You 5  set me in the dust of death. 6 

1 tn Heb “like water I am poured out.”

2 sn The heart is viewed here as the seat of the psalmist’s strength and courage.

3 tc Heb “my strength” (כֹּחִי, kokhiy), but many prefer to emend the text to חִכִּי (khikiy, “my palate”; cf. NEB, NRSV “my mouth”) assuming that an error of transposition has occurred in the traditional Hebrew text.

4 tn Cf. NEB “my jaw”; NASB, NRSV “my jaws”; NIV “the roof of my mouth.”

5 sn Here the psalmist addresses God and suggests that God is ultimately responsible for what is happening because of his failure to intervene (see vv. 1-2, 11).

6 sn The imperfect verbal form draws attention to the progressive nature of the action. The psalmist is in the process of dying.

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