With their own arrows
The head of his warriors.
Like a whirlwind
To scatter us.
As if ready
To devour the poor,
Who were in hiding.
With your horses,
Churning the mighty waters.”
Yahweh pierced the heads of the enemy warriors with their own arrows. They came like a storm to scatter Yahweh’s people. They were gloating, as if they were about to devour poor hidden people. However, Yahweh trampled the sea with his horses turning up the mighty waters against them.
“Dogs are round about me.
A company of evildoers encircle me.
My hands and feet have shriveled.
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among themselves.
For my clothing they cast lots.”
The evil doers are like a pack of dogs looking for prey. The condition of David or the psalmist has deteriorated. His hands and feet have shriveled up. He is so thin that he can count all the bones in his body because they are showing. People were staring and gloating over him. They already were dividing up his clothes with lots as he came close to death. Once again, it is clear why the evangelist used this psalm to talk about the dying Jesus on the cross.