Psalms 73:22

22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

Psalms 73:22 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
English Standard Version (ESV)
22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.
New Living Translation (NLT)
22 I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
The Message Bible (MSG)
22 I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox in your very presence.
American Standard Version (ASV)
22 So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was [as] a beast before thee.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
22 I was stupid, and I did not understand. I was like a dumb animal in your presence.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
22 I was a fool and didn't understand; I was an unthinking animal toward You.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
22 I didn't have any sense. I didn't know anything. I acted like a wild animal toward you.

Psalms 73:22 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 73:22

So foolish was I
To envy the prosperity of the wicked, which is of so short a continuance; to arraign the providence and perfections of God, and to conclude so hastily that there was nothing in religion:

and ignorant;
or, "I knew not" F23; what he attempted to know, ( Psalms 73:16 ) , nor the end of the wicked, till he went into the sanctuary of the Lord; nor the counsel and design of God, in his methods of providence towards wicked men:

I was as a beast before thee,
or "with thee" F24; in the knowledge of the ways and works of God, even those of providence; see ( Psalms 92:5 Psalms 92:6 Psalms 92:7 ) , unteachable, untractable, kicking against God and his providential dispensations; not behaving like a man, much, less like a saint; but even as the worst of brutes, as the behemoth in ( Job 40:15 ) , for the same word is here used; he concluded that God, who saw all the wickedness of his heart, the workings and reasonings of his mind, which were so vain and foolish, could esteem him no other than as a beast; so the Targum,

``as a beast I am accounted with thee:''

the words may be rendered, "I was the veriest beast before thee"; there being no note of similitude in the text; the word for "beast" being in the plural number, may be used for a superlative; Plautus F25 uses the word "bellua", beast, for a stupid man.


F23 (eda al) "nescivi", V. L. "non cognoscebam", Pagninus, Montanus; "nec sciebam", Piscator; "non noveram", Cocceius.
F24 (Kme) "apud te", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus
F25 Trinum. Act. 4. Sc. 2. v. 110.

Psalms 73:22 In-Context

20 They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 49:10; Psalms 92:6; Psalms 94:8
  • 2. Ecclesiastes 9:12,20">Ps 4Ecclesiastes 9:12,20; Ecclesiastes 3:18; Ecclesiastes 9:12
Scripture quoted by permission.  Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.