Psalms 22:16 Prophecy

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
-Psalms 22:16

This is one of the psalmist David cry to the Lord during the days when he was surrounded by his oppressors. Although, this is a psalm of supplication unto the Lord yet it is also a shadow of things to come (Hebrews 10:1). A prophetic revelation that was fulfilled two thousand years later, when Jesus Christ was condemned to die by crucifixion.


The dogs mentioned were the rulers, priests and scribes of the Sanhedrin who have been plotting against Jesus from the very beginning of his ministry. Jesus, in one occasion warned the multitude that gathered around him against the hypocrites and false prophets whom he called the wolves in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15). These dogs were also mentioned in the book of Revelation as one of those people whose deeds the Lord hates, thus, they were denied to enter in the city of God (Revelation 22:14-15).

The Sanhedrin
The Sanhedrin take counsel against Jesus.

Assembly of the Wicked

The assembly of the wicked refers not only to the Sanhedrin but also to the people who strove to push his crucifixion. This includes the tetrarch Herod and his men who brought Jesus to his jurisdiction (Luke 23:11), those who mockingly arrayed him with gorgeous garments and put a crown of thorns on his head. Aside from these, were the Roman soldiers, who parted his clothes and cast lots (Luke 23:36) and those who insulted him upon the cross (Mark 15:28-31).

Pierced Hands and Feet

This proved that Jesus Christ did not only suffered scourges on his body but was also pierced by nails when he was crucified. An infallible account that was narrated in the gospel of John. After his resurrection, Jesus suddenly appeared to his disciples just when Thomas doubted that he was risen up from the dead, as reported to him earlier by the other disciples (John 20:25). Thomas, on his disbelief was not only able to touch the pierced holes of his master's hands and feet but also the wound on his side (John 20:27) that the centurion pierced with his spear (John 19:34). To his surprise, he cried out in the Spirit saying, "my Lord and my God (John 20:28)."

Prophecy Status: Fulfilled
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