[37:25] – This is absolutely fascinating! I did not know any of this stuff. Below is Psalm 22 (NABRE) so you can follow the discussion more intelligently.
1 For the leader; according to “The deer of the dawn.” A psalm of David.
I. 2 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why so far from my call for help, from my cries of anguish? 3 My God, I call by day, but you do not answer; by night, but I have no relief. 4 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the glory of Israel. 5 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted and you rescued them. 6 To you they cried out and they escaped; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
7 But I am a worm, not a man, scorned by men, despised by the people. 8 All who see me mock me; they curl their lips and jeer; they shake their heads at me: 9 “He relied on the Lord—let him deliver him; if he loves him, let him rescue him.” 10 For you drew me forth from the womb, made me safe at my mother’s breasts. 11 Upon you I was thrust from the womb; since my mother bore me you are my God. 12 Do not stay far from me, for trouble is near, and there is no one to help.
[Lament] II. 13 Many bulls surround me; fierce bulls of Bashan encircle me. 14 They open their mouths against me, lions that rend and roar. 15 Like water my life drains away; all my bones are disjointed. My heart has become like wax, it melts away within me. 16 As dry as a potsherd is my throat; my tongue cleaves to my palate; you lay me in the dust of death. 17 Dogs surround me; a pack of evildoers closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and my feet; 18 I can count all my bones. They stare at me and gloat; 19 they divide my garments among them; for my clothing they cast lots.
NOTE: The bulls, lions, dogs, pierce in the lament are precisely reversed as sword, dog, lion, bulls in the petition.
[Petition] 20 But you, Lord, do not stay far off; my strength, come quickly to help me. 21 Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the grip of the dog. 22 Save me from the lion’s mouth, my poor life from the horns of wild bulls.
III. 23 Then I will proclaim your name to my brethren; in the assembly I will praise you: 24 “You who fear the Lord, give praise! All descendants of Jacob, give honor; show reverence, all descendants of Israel! 25 For he has not spurned or disdained the misery of this poor wretch, Did not turn away from me, but heard me when I cried out. 26 I will offer praise in the great assembly; my vows I will fulfill before those who fear him. 27 The poor will eat their fill; those who seek the Lord will offer praise. May your hearts enjoy life forever!”
IV. 28 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord; All the families of nations will bow low before him. 29 For kingship belongs to the Lord, the ruler over the nations. 30 All who sleep in the earth will bow low before God; All who have gone down into the dust will kneel in homage. 31 And I will live for the Lord; my descendants will serve you. 32 The generation to come will be told of the Lord, that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brought.
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I really appreciate this! Seems in the past I heard/saw something about Psalms 22 having symmetry, and as I was looking closer I saw it, albeit in my KJV. The lament words/meaning of far, hear, despised, deliver, help, heart and strength seem to also have mathematical symmetry with the petition words. And the word strength seems to show a great beauty when the psalm becomes a praise to The Lord. After all, “The Lord is my strength.” The whole of 22, is like God is saying, “Hey, everyone! Look at this!” Because the lament starts as God is far. And the petition starts early – before the lament is even finished with “Be not far from me.” Then when the petition really gets going, it starts again with “be not far from me.” And this is huge since our souls first acknowledge the need, the first thing we request is for God not to be far. Anyway, thank you! This is The Word that I needed to eat today! So the math is (and there’s got to be a name for this):
7-7 strength = The Lord
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I love the “look at this” cuz this is the Psalm Jesus referenced from the cross. I remember someone calling his death “the still center point of history.”
Amen. I still try to live Psalm 23, His way of life.walk in beauty
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I esp like “He makes me lie down” … I need that from Him, cuz I’m kind of compulsive about doing, doing, doing.
Actually the Psalm laments twice about strength – the second time is after the petition for not being far starts! So the last is 7&7-7. It’s like The Trinity and The Perfection of The Trinity! Psalm 22 is a gem stone!
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I had no idea. I just knew it was the one Jesus cited and, to Christians, showed His death was foretold. I didn’t know at all that Jews quibble about the translation or any of the stuff you mentioned. Such wealth!