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Psalms 22:21

Context
NETBible

Rescue me from the mouth of the lion, 1  and from the horns of the wild oxen! 2  You have answered me! 3 

XREF

Nu 23:22; De 33:17; Job 39:9,10; Isa 34:7; Lu 22:53; Joh 8:59; Joh 14:30; Ac 4:27; Ac 5:30-32; 2Ti 4:17; 1Pe 5:8

NET © Notes

sn The psalmist again compares his enemies to vicious dogs and ferocious lions (see vv. 13, 16).

tn The Hebrew term רֵמִים (remim) appears to be an alternate spelling of רְאֵמִים (rÿemim, “wild oxen”; see BDB 910 s.v. רְאֵם).

tn Heb “and from the horns of the wild oxen you answer me.” Most take the final verb with the preceding prepositional phrase. Some understand the verb form as a relatively rare precative perfect, expressing a wish or request (see IBHS 494-95 §30.5.4c, d). However, not all grammarians are convinced that the perfect is used as a precative in biblical Hebrew. (See the discussion at Ps 3:7.) Others prefer to take the perfect in its usual indicative sense. The psalmist, perhaps in response to an oracle of salvation, affirms confidently that God has answered him, assuring him that deliverance is on the way. The present translation takes the prepositional phrase as parallel to the preceding “from the mouth of the lion” and as collocated with the verb “rescue” at the beginning of the verse. “You have answered me” is understood as a triumphant shout which marks a sudden shift in tone and introduces the next major section of the psalm. By isolating the statement syntactically, the psalmist highlights the declaration.



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