We have finally reached the seventh and final supposed prophecy about Jesus based on T'hillim / Psalm 69.
Would it surprise you to learn that there is no mention of a savior (given or smitten) in this psalm?
Nary a word.
T'hillim / Psalm 69:1 begins "For the conductor, on שׁוֹשַׁנִּים / shoshannim, of David." (שׁוֹשַׁנִּים / shoshannim are roses and this is a poetic way of speaking of the Jewish people who were David's roses).
A psalm of David.
The subject of this psalm is not the messiah, it is King David. We are even told that the subject of the psalm is a sinner (something usually denied about Jesus by missionaries). T'hillim / Psalm 69:6: "O G-d, You know my folly, and my acts of guilt are not concealed from You."
What of line 26 (line 27 in Jewish versions? Most Christian translations either do not translate the first line or they do not number it when they do translate it). Verse 27 says "For You-those whom You smote they pursued, and about the pain of those whom You wounded they tell."
Notice that it is plural. For those (plural) whom G-d has struck down. Yet Christian translations (the NIV for example) makes it singular "For they persecute him whom you have struck down, and they recount the pain of those you have wounded."
The singular "him" who has been struck down is made to seem to be Jesus (while those who were wounded can be a group of others seemingly). However, the psalm is clearly in the plural -- and speaks about more than one person being struck down.
John 17 begins with Jesus praying to G-d (was he praying to himself???). And verse4 says "I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do." So Jesus is saying here that he glorified G-d. . . not himself. What does that have to do with the claimed prophetic fulfillment that a savior was given and taken?
John 18 has to do with Jesus' supposed arrest. Line 11 has Jesus saying "Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” -- again, what does that have to do with a savior being given or smitten?
There is no connection between the claimed prophetic fulfillment and either one of the two verses given as "proof" of fulfillment. T'hillim / Psalm 69:27 (26 in Christian versions) says: "For the one You smote they persecuted, and they tell of the pain of your mortally wounded."
Where does it say anything about the messiah?
Where does it say anything about a savior being given?
Where does it say anything about a savior being smitten?
Read the psalm in context and it is easy to see that there is nothing about a savior -- the word for savior or messiah do not appear in the psalm.
The list maker appears to cherry pick a passage which speaks of someone being persecuted and in pain and assume that this is a prophecy about Jesus. Again -- ask yourself -- is Jesus the only person in history who has been persecuted? In pain?
Of course not.
Ergo this is not a messianic prophecy -- it does not fit the messiah and only the messiah.
Let's go back to the beginning of the psalm. T'hillim / Psalm 69 begins "For the conductor, on שׁוֹשַׁנִּים / shoshannim, of David." (שׁוֹשַׁנִּים / shoshannim are roses and this is a poetic way of speaking of the Jewish people who were David's roses).
A psalm of David.
The lines preceding the "proof text" have David speaking of his enemies (plural). He pleads with G-d to "Pour out Your fury upon them, and may Your burning wrath overtake them. May their palace be desolate; in their tents let there be no dweller." T'hillim / Psalm 69:25-26.
Now consider the line in question. T'hillim / Psalm 69:27 (26 in Christian versions) says: "For You-those whom You smote they pursued, and about the pain of those whom You wounded they tell."
David is saying that those G-d strikes are attacked by people sensing a potential weakness they can attack and exploit for their own gain. They prey on the ones weakened by G-d (since this is a plurality being attacked it is not David or Jesus -- but rather a group of people and our sages state that this alludes to the exile of the Jews, punished by G-d, but tortured by the gentiles who took advantage of our weakened state).
Yet again we have the list maker making a claim (that this psalm's verse is a prophecy that a savior will be given and smitten by G-d) that is not at all supported by the psalm itself. Another claim fails completely.
So far we have looked at 122 supposed prophecies in the T'nach Jesus fulfilled -- and so far not one fits. Not one. Sure, a few things fit Jesus (and a million other people) such as being sad, being deserted by friends . . but none are unique to the messiah and thus a messianic prophecy.