Psalm 22 From Suffering to Praise For the choir director: according to “The Deer of the Dawn.”[H] A Davidic psalm. 22 1My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning?[I] 2My God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest. 3But You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You rescued them. 5They cried to You and were set free; they trusted in You and were not disgraced. 6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by people. 7Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer[J] and shake their heads: 8“He relies on[K] the Lord; let Him rescue him; let the Lord[L] deliver him, since He takes pleasure in him.” 9You took me from the womb, making me secure while at my mother’s breast. 10I was given over to You at birth;[M] You have been my God from my mother’s womb. 11Do not be far from me, because distress is near and there is no one to help. 12Many bulls surround me; strong ones of Bashan encircle me. 13They open their mouths against me— lions, mauling and roaring. 14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me. 15My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You put me into the dust of death. 16For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced[N] my hands and my feet. 17I can count all my bones; people[O] look and stare at me. 18They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. 19But You, Lord, don’t be far away. My strength, come quickly to help me. 20Deliver my life from the sword, my only life[P] from the power of these dogs. 21Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued[Q] me from the horns of the wild oxen. 22I will proclaim Your name to my brothers; I will praise You in the congregation. 23You who fear Yahweh, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor Him! All you descendants of Israel, revere Him! 24For He has not despised or detested the torment of the afflicted. He did not hide His face from him but listened when he cried to Him for help. 25I will give praise[R] in the great congregation because of You; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear You.[S] 26The humble[T] will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise Him. May your hearts live forever! 27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord. All the families of the nations will bow down before You, 28for kingship belongs to the Lord; He rules over the nations. 29All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down; all those who go down to the dust will kneel before Him— even the one who cannot preserve his life. 30Their descendants will serve Him; the next generation will be told about the Lord. 31They will come and tell a people yet to be born about His righteousness— what He has done.
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