Psalm 22
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1For the music director; according to the tune "Morning Doe;" a psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? I groan in prayer, but help seems far away. 1My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning?
2My God, I cry out during the day, but you do not answer, and during the night my prayers do not let up. 2My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest.
3You are holy; you sit as king receiving the praises of Israel. 3But you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted in you and you rescued them. 4Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you rescued them.
5To you they cried out, and they were saved; in you they trusted and they were not disappointed. 5They cried to you and were set free; they trusted in you and were not disgraced.
6But I am a worm, not a man; people insult me and despise me. 6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by people.
7All who see me taunt me; they mock me and shake their heads. 7Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads:
8They say, "Commit yourself to the LORD! Let the LORD rescue him! Let the LORD deliver him, for he delights in him." 8"He relies on the LORD; let him save him; let the LORD rescue him, since he takes pleasure in him."
9Yes, you are the one who brought me out from the womb and made me feel secure on my mother's breasts. 9It was you who brought me out of the womb, making me secure at my mother's breast.
10I have been dependent on you since birth; from the time I came out of my mother's womb you have been my God. 10I was given over to you at birth; you have been my God from my mother's womb.
11Do not remain far away from me, for trouble is near and I have no one to help me. 11Don't be far from me, because distress is near and there's no one to help.
12Many bulls surround me; powerful bulls of Bashan hem me in. 12Many bulls surround me; strong ones of Bashan encircle me.
13They open their mouths to devour me like a roaring lion that rips its prey. 13They open their mouths against me--lions, mauling and roaring.
14My strength drains away like water; all my bones are dislocated; my heart is like wax; it melts away inside me. 14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me.
15The roof of my mouth is as dry as a piece of pottery; my tongue sticks to my gums. You set me in the dust of death. 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.
16Yes, wild dogs surround me--a gang of evil men crowd around me; like a lion they pin my hands and feet. 16For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet.
17I can count all my bones; my enemies are gloating over me in triumph. 17I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me.
18They are dividing up my clothes among themselves; they are rolling dice for my garments. 18They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing.
19But you, O LORD, do not remain far away! You are my source of strength! Hurry and help me! 19But you, LORD, don't be far away. My strength, come quickly to help me.
20Deliver me from the sword! Save my life from the claws of the wild dogs! 20Rescue my life from the sword, my only life from the power of these dogs.
21Rescue me from the mouth of the lion, and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered me! 21Save me from the lion's mouth, from the horns of wild oxen. You answered me!
22I will declare your name to my countrymen! In the middle of the assembly I will praise you! 22I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters; I will praise you in the assembly.
23You loyal followers of the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! All you descendants of Israel, stand in awe of him! 23You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! All you descendants of Israel, revere him!
24For he did not despise or detest the suffering of the oppressed; he did not ignore him; when he cried out to him, he responded. 24For he has not despised or abhorred the torment of the oppressed. He did not hide his face from him but listened when he cried to him for help.
25You are the reason I offer praise in the great assembly; I will fulfill my promises before the LORD's loyal followers. 25I will give praise in the great assembly because of you; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear you.
26Let the oppressed eat and be filled! Let those who seek his help praise the LORD! May you live forever! 26The humble will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him. May your hearts live forever!
27Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the LORD and turn to him! Let all the nations worship you! 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 the LORD is king and rules over the nations. 28for kingship belongs to the LORD; he rules the nations.
29All of the thriving people of the earth will join the celebration and worship; all those who are descending into the grave will bow before him, including those who cannot preserve their lives. 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.
30A whole generation will serve him; they will tell the next generation about the sovereign Lord. 30Their descendants will serve him; the next generation will be told about the Lord.
31They will come and tell about his saving deeds; they will tell a future generation what he has accomplished. 31They will come and declare his righteousness; to a people yet to be born they will declare what he has done.
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