Ps 22:1
22:1 <> My {a} God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
     [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words
     of my {b} roaring?

     (a) Here appears that horrible conflict, which he sustained
         between faith and desperation.
     (b) Being tormented with extreme anguish.

Ps 22:3
22:3 But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the {c}
     praises of Israel.

     (c) He means the place of praising, even the tabernacle or
         else it is so called, because he gave the people
         continuous opportunity to praise him.

Ps 22:6
22:6 But I [am] a {d} worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and
     despised of the people.

     (d) And seeming most miserable of all creatures, which
         referred to Christ, and in this appears the unspeakable
         love of God for man, that he would thus abase his son
         for our sakes.

Ps 22:9
22:9 But thou [art] he that took me out of the {e} womb: thou
     didst make me hope [when I was] upon my mother's breasts.

     (e) Even from my birth you have given me opportunity to
         trust in you.

Ps 22:10
22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from
      my mother's {f} belly.

      (f) For unless God's providence preserves the infants,
          they would perish a thousand times in the mother's

Ps 22:12
22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong {g} [bulls] of Bashan
      have beset me round.

      (g) He means that his enemies were so fat, proud and cruel
          that they were more like beasts than men.

Ps 22:14
22:14 I am poured out like {h} water, and all my bones are out
      of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst
      of my bowels.

      (h) Before he spoke of the cruelty of his enemies, and now
          he declares the inward grief of the mind, so that
          Christ was tormented both in soul and body.

Ps 22:15
22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue
      cleaveth to my jaws; and thou {i} hast brought me into the
      dust of death.

      (i) You permitted me to be without all hope of life.

Ps 22:16
22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked
      have inclosed me: they {k} pierced my hands and my feet.

      (k) Thus David complained as though he were nailed by his
          enemies in both hands and feet, but this was
          accomplished in Christ.

Ps 22:20
22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my {l} darling from the
      power of the dog.

      (l) My life that is solitary, left alone and forsaken by
          all, Ps 35:17,25:16

Ps 22:21
22:21 {m} Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me
      from the horns of the unicorns.

      (m) Christ is delivered with a more mighty deliverance by
          overcoming death, than if he had not tasted death at

Ps 22:23
22:23 Ye that fear the LORD, {n} praise him; all ye the seed of
      Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of

      (n) He promises to exhort the Church that they by his
          example might praise the Lord.

Ps 22:24
22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of
      the {o} afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him;
      but when he cried unto him, he heard.

      (o) The poor afflicted are comforted by this example of
          David, or Christ.

Ps 22:25
22:25 My praise [shall be] of thee in the great congregation: I
      will pay my {p} vows before them that fear him.

      (p) Which were sacrifices of thanksgiving which they
          offered by God's commandment, when they were delivered
          out of any great danger.

Ps 22:26
22:26 {q} The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise
      the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

      (q) He alludes still to the sacrifice.

Ps 22:29
22:29 All [they that be] fat {r} upon earth shall eat and
      worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow
      before him: {s} and none can keep alive his own soul.

      (r) Though the poor are first named as in Ps 22:26
          yet the wealthy are not separated from the grace of
          Christ's kingdom.
      (s) In whom there is no hope that he will recover life: so
          neither poor nor rich, quick nor dead will be rejected
          from his kingdom.

Ps 22:30
22:30 {t} A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the
      Lord for a generation.

      (t) Meaning, the prosperity which the Lord keeps as a seed
          to the Church to continue his praise among men.

Ps 22:31
22:31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto
      a people that shall be born, that he hath {u} done [this].

      (u) That is, God has fulfilled his promise.