Psalm 22:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 22:11, NIV: Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

Psalm 22:11, ESV: Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.

Psalm 22:11, KJV: Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

Psalm 22:11, NASB: Do not be far from me, for trouble is near; For there is no one to help.

Psalm 22:11, NLT: Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me.

Psalm 22:11, CSB: Don't be far from me, because distress is near and there's no one to help.

What does Psalm 22:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse David calls upon the Lord to be near him. His enemies surrounded him and death seemed imminent. He sees the Lord as the only one who can help him. The Messiah, the Lord Jesus, faced death all alone. No one could help Him. The Roman officials, the Jewish leaders, and the frenzied crowd that called for His crucifixion certainly wouldn't help Him. His disciples offered no help; they had fled when the soldiers arrested Jesus (Matthew 26:56). Nailed to a cross, there was nothing his loved ones could do but watch Him die (John 19:25–27). He alone experienced death as the one mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). He alone was sinless and therefore could bear the punishment every sinner deserved.

The apostle John wrote: "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2). Peter wrote: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit" (1 Peter 3:18).