Verse 12. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. The mighty ones in the crowd are here marked by the tearful eye of their victim. The priests, elders, scribes, Pharisees, rulers, and captains bellowed round the cross like wild cattle, fed in the fat and solitary pastures of Bashan, full of strength and fury; they stamped and foamed around the innocent One, and longed to gore him to death with their cruelties. Conceive of the Lord Jesus as a helpless, unarmed, naked man, cast into the midst of a herd of infuriated wild bulls. They were brutal as bulls, many, and strong, and the Rejected One was all alone, and bound naked to the tree. His position throws great force into the earnest entreaty, "Be not far from me."
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 12. Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. These animals are remarkable for the proud, fierce, and sullen manner in which they exercise their great strength. Such were the persecutors who now beset our Lord. These were first, human, and secondly, spiritual foes; and both were alike distinguished by the proud, fierce, and sullen manner in which they assaulted him. John Stevenson.
Verse 12-13. "Bashan" was a fertile country ( Numbers 32:4 ), and the cattle there fed were fat and "strong." Deuteronomy 32:14 . Like them, the Jews, in that good land, "waxed fat and kicked", grew proud, and rebelled; forsook God "that made them, and lightly esteemed the rock of their salvation." George Horne.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 6-18. Full of striking sentences upon our Lord's suffering.