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Psalms 22:15

Context

22:15 The roof of my mouth 1  is as dry as a piece of pottery;

my tongue sticks to my gums. 2 

You 3  set me in the dust of death. 4 

Psalms 22:27

Context

22:27 Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the Lord and turn to him! 5 

Let all the nations 6  worship you! 7 

1 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.

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

3 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).

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

5 tn Heb “may all the ends of the earth remember and turn to the Lord.” The prefixed verbal forms in v. 27 are understood as jussives (cf. NEB). Another option (cf. NIV, NRSV) is to take the forms as imperfects and translate, “all the people of the earth will acknowledge and turn…and worship.” See vv. 29-32.

6 tn Heb “families of the nations.”

7 tn Heb “before you.”



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