7 But I am a worm, less than human; scorned by men, despised by people.
v’-a-no-KHEE to-LA-at v’-lo EESH kher-PAT a-DAM uv-ZUY AM
ז וְאָנֹכִי תוֹלַעַת וְלֹא־אִישׁ חֶרְפַּת אָדָם וּבְזוּי עָם׃
22:7 But I am a worm, less than human
The Talmud (Chullin 89a) states that Hashem grants greatness to the righteous but they humble themselves. Avraham calls himself “dust of the earth” (Genesis 18:27), Moshe and Aharon say “For who are we” (Exodus 16:7), Shaul calls himself a “simple son of the small tribe of Binyamin” (I Samuel 9:21), and Gidon says “But I am only a Benjaminite, from the smallest of the tribes of Yisrael, and my clan is the least of all the clans of the tribe of Binyamin!” (Judges 6:15). But when the Lord grants greatness to the wicked, they lash out against Him and Israel in arrogance. Pharaoh says “Who is Hashem that I should heed Him?” (Exodus 5:2), Goliath says “I herewith defy the ranks of Yisrael” (I Samuel 17:10), Sennacherib asks “Which among all the gods of [those] countries saved their countries from me, that Hashem should save Yerushalayim from me?” (II Kings 18:35), and Nebuchadnezzar says “and what god is there that can save you from my power?” (Daniel 3:15). David reminds us of the value of humility that leaders must display in their lives.