For the music director; according to the tune “Morning Doe;” 2 a psalm of David.
I groan in prayer, but help seems far away. 4
22:11 Do not remain far away from me,
for trouble is near and I have no one to help me. 5
22:19 But you, O Lord, do not remain far away!
he did not ignore him; 10
when he cried out to him, he responded. 11
1 sn Psalm 22. The psalmist cries out to the Lord for deliverance from his dangerous enemies, who have surrounded him and threaten his life. Confident that the Lord will intervene, he then vows to thank the Lord publicly for his help and anticipates a time when all people will recognize the Lord’s greatness and worship him.
2 tn Heb “according to the doe of the dawn.” Apparently this refers to a particular musical tune or style.
4 tn Heb “far from my deliverance [are] the words of my groaning.” The Hebrew noun שְׁאָגָה (shÿ’agah) and its related verb שָׁאַג (sha’ag) are sometimes used of a lion’s roar, but they can also describe human groaning (see Job 3:24 and Pss 32:3 and 38:8.
5 tn Heb “and there is no helper.”
6 tn Heb “O my strength.”
7 tn Heb “hurry to my help.”
8 tn Or “affliction”; or “need.”
9 sn In this verse the psalmist refers to himself in the third person and characterizes himself as oppressed.
10 tn Heb “he did not hide his face from him.” For other uses of the idiom “hide the face” meaning “ignore,” see Pss 10:11; 13:1; 51:9. Sometimes the idiom carries the stronger idea of “reject” (see Pss 27:9; 88:14).
11 tn Heb “heard.”