“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.
“If I speak,
My pain is not assuaged.
If I forbear,
How much of it leaves me?
Surely now God has worn me out.
God has made desolate all my company.
God has shriveled me up.
God is a witness against me.
My leanness has risen up against me.
It testifies to my face.
God has torn me in his wrath.
God hated me.
God has gnashed his teeth at me.
My adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
Men have gaped at me with their mouths.
They have struck me insolently upon the cheek.
They mass themselves together against me.
God gives me up to the ungodly.
God casts me into the hands of the wicked.”
Job now turned to God who has worn him out. God has shriveled him up. God has witnessed against him. God has torn him up with his anger. God has hated him with gnashed teeth. Thus Job’s adversaries have sharpened their eyes against him. They have gaped at him. They have struck him on the cheek. They have gathered against him because God has given him over to the ungodly, the hands of the wicked.