Psalms 22

Psalm 221

For the music director; according to the tune “Morning Doe;”2 a psalm of David.

22:1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?3

I groan in prayer, but help seems far away.4

22:2 My God, I cry out during the day,

but you do not answer,

and during the night my prayers do not let up.5

22:3 You are holy;

you sit as king receiving the praises of Israel.6

22:4 In you our ancestors7 trusted;

they trusted in you8 and you rescued them.

22:5 To you they cried out, and they were saved;

in you they trusted and they were not disappointed.9

22:6 But I10 am a worm,11 not a man;12

people insult me and despise me.13

22:7 All who see me taunt14 me;

they mock me15 and shake their heads.16

22:8 They say,17

“Commit yourself18 to the Lord!

Let the Lord19 rescue him!

Let the Lord20 deliver him, for he delights in him.”21

22:9 Yes, you are the one who brought me out22 from the womb

and made me feel secure on my mother’s breasts.

22:10 I have been dependent on you since birth;23

from the time I came out of my mother’s womb you have been my God.24

22:11 Do not remain far away from me,

for trouble is near and I have no one to help me.25

22:12 Many bulls26 surround me;

powerful bulls of Bashan27 hem me in.

22:13 They28 open their mouths to devour me29

like a roaring lion that rips its prey.30

22:14 My strength drains away like water;31

all my bones are dislocated;

my heart32 is like wax;

it melts away inside me.

22:15 The roof of my mouth33 is as dry as a piece of pottery;

my tongue sticks to my gums.34

You35 set me in the dust of death.36

22:16 Yes,37 wild dogs surround me –

a gang of evil men crowd around me;

like a lion they pin my hands and feet.38

22:17 I can count39 all my bones;

my enemies40 are gloating over me in triumph.41

22:18 They are dividing up my clothes among themselves;

they are rolling dice42 for my garments.

22:19 But you, O Lord, do not remain far away!

You are my source of strength!43 Hurry and help me!44

22:20 Deliver me45 from the sword!

Save46 my life47 from the claws48 of the wild dogs!

22:21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lion,49

and from the horns of the wild oxen!50

You have answered me!51

22:22 I will declare your name to my countrymen!52

In the middle of the assembly I will praise you!

22:23 You loyal followers of the Lord,53 praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

All you descendants of Israel, stand in awe of him!54

22:24 For he did not despise or detest the suffering55 of the oppressed;56

he did not ignore him;57

when he cried out to him, he responded.58

22:25 You are the reason I offer praise59 in the great assembly;

I will fulfill my promises before the Lord’s loyal followers.60

22:26 Let the oppressed eat and be filled!61

Let those who seek his help praise the Lord!

May you62 live forever!

22:27 Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the Lord and turn to him!63

Let all the nations64 worship you!65

22:28 For the Lord is king66

and rules over the nations.

22:29 All of the thriving people67 of the earth will join the celebration and worship;68

all those who are descending into the grave69 will bow before him,

including those who cannot preserve their lives.70

22:30 A whole generation71 will serve him;

they will tell the next generation about the sovereign Lord.72

22:31 They will come and tell about his saving deeds;73

they will tell a future generation what he has accomplished.74

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