Psalms 22:1

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

1 [a]My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?

Psalms 22:1 in Other Translations

1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
1 God, God . . . my God! Why did you dump me miles from nowhere?
1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? [Why are You] so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning?

Psalms 22:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 22:1

My God, my God
God is the God of Christ as he is man; he prepared a body for him, an human nature; anointed it with the oil of gladness; supported it under all its sorrows and sufferings, and at last exalted it at his own right hand:, and Christ behaved towards him as his covenant God; prayed to him, believed in him, loved him, and was obedient to him as such; and here expresses his faith of interest in him, when he hid his face from him, on account of which he expostulates with him thus, "why hast thou forsaken me?" which is to be understood, not as if the hypostatical or personal union of the divine and human natures were dissolved, or that the one was now separated from the other: for the fulness of the Godhead still dwelt bodily in him; nor that he ceased to be the object of the Father's love; for so he was in the midst of all his sufferings, yea, his Father loved him because he laid down his life for the sheep; nor that the principle of joy and comfort was lost in him, only the act and sense of it; he was now deprived of the gracious presence of God, of the manifestations of his love to his human soul, and had a sense of divine wrath, not for his own sins, but for the sins of his people, and was for a while destitute of help and comfort; all which were necessary in order to make satisfaction for sin: for as he had the sins of his people imputed to him, he must bear the whole punishment of them, which is twofold the punishment of loss and the punishment of sense; the former lies in a deprivation of the divine presence, and the latter in a sense of divine wrath, and both Christ sustained as the surety of his people. This expostulation is made not as ignorant of the reason of it; he knew that as he was wounded and bruised for the sins of his people, he was deserted on the same account; nor as impatient, for he was a mirror of patience in all his sufferings; and much less as in despair; for, in these very words, he strongly expresses and repeats his faith of interest in God; see ( Psalms 22:8 ) ; and also ( Isaiah 50:6 Isaiah 50:7 Isaiah 50:9 ) . But this is done to set forth the greatness and bitterness of his sufferings; that not only men hid their faces from him, and the sun in the firmament withdrew its light and heat from him, but, what was most grievous of all, his God departed from him. From hence it appears that he was truly man, had an human soul, and endured sorrows and sufferings in it; and this may be of use to his members, to expect the hidings of God's face, though on another account; and to teach them to wait patiently for him, and to trust in the Lord, and stay themselves upon their God, even while they walk in darkness and see no light;

[why art thou so] far from helping me?
or from my salvation; from saving and delivering him out of his sorrows and sufferings? not that he despaired of help; he firmly believed he should have it, and accordingly had it: but he expostulates about the deferring of it. He adds,

[and from] the words of my roaring?
which expresses the vehemency of his spirit in crying to God, the exceeding greatness of his sorrows, and his excruciating pains and sufferings: this is what the apostle means by his "strong crying and tears", ( Hebrews 5:7 ) ; or "the words of my roaring [are] far from my salvation"; there is a great space or interval between the one and the other, as Gussetius F21 observes.


F21 Comment. Ebr. p. 788.

Psalms 22:1 In-Context

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 6:15; S Psalms 9:10; Matthew 27:46*; Mark 15:34*
  • 2. Psalms 10:1
  • 3. S Job 3:24

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 22:1-31 is numbered 22:2-32.
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