Bible: Psalm 22

Psalm 22 1 

22:1 For the music director; according to the tune “Morning Doe;” 2  a psalm of David.

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 ancestors 7  trusted;

they trusted in you 8  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 I 10  am a worm, 11  not a man; 12 

people insult me and despise me. 13 

22:7 All who see me taunt 14  me;

they mock me 15  and shake their heads. 16 

22:8 They say, 17 

“Commit yourself 18  to the Lord!

Let the Lord 19  rescue him!

Let the Lord 20  deliver him, for he delights in him.” 21 

22:9 Yes, you are the one who brought me out 22  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 bulls 26  surround me;

powerful bulls of Bashan 27  hem me in.

22:13 They 28  open their mouths to devour me 29 

like a roaring lion that rips its prey. 30 

22:14 My strength drains away like water; 31 

all my bones are dislocated;

my heart 32  is like wax;

it melts away inside me.

22:15 The roof of my mouth 33  is as dry as a piece of pottery;

my tongue sticks to my gums. 34 

You 35  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 count 39  all my bones;

my enemies 40  are gloating over me in triumph. 41 

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

they are rolling dice 42  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 me 45  from the sword!

Save 46  my life 47  from the claws 48  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 suffering 55  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 praise 59  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 you 62  live forever!

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

Let all the nations 64  worship you! 65 

22:28 For the Lord is king 66 

and rules over the nations.

22:29 All of the thriving people 67  of the earth will join the celebration and worship; 68 

all those who are descending into the grave 69  will bow before him,

including those who cannot preserve their lives. 70 

22:30 A whole generation 71  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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