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Psalm 22 (English Standard Version)

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Why Have You Forsaken Me?

1 1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so 2far from saving me, from the words of my 3groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by 4day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are 5holy, 6enthroned on 7the praisesa of Israel. 4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. 5 To you they 8cried and were rescued; in you they 9trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am 10a worm and not a man, 11scorned by mankind and 12despised by the people. 7 All who see me 13mock me; they make mouths at me; they 14wag their heads; 8 15"He trusts in the LORD; let him 16deliver him; let him rescue him, for he 17delights in him!" 9 Yet you are he who 18took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts. 10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from 19my mother's womb you have been my God. 11 Be not 20far from me, for trouble is near, and there is 21none to help. 12 Many bulls encompass me; 22strong bulls of 23Bashan surround me; 13 they 24open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. 14 I am 25poured out like water, and all my bones are 26out of joint; my 27heart is like 28wax; it is melted within my breast; 15 my strength is 29dried up like a potsherd, and my 30tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 For 31dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers 32encircles me; they have 33pierced my hands and feetb-- 17 I can count all my bones-- they 34stare and gloat over me; 18 35they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. 19 But you, O LORD, 36do not be far off! O you my help, 37come quickly to my aid! 20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of 38the dog! 21 Save me from 39the mouth of the lion! You have rescuedc me from the horns of 40the wild oxen! 22 41I will tell of your name to my 42brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 23 You who 43fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, 44glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of 45the afflicted, and he has not 46hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he 47cried to him. 25 From you comes my praise in the great 48congregation; my 49vows I will 50perform before those who fear him. 26 51The afflictedd shall 52eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts 53live forever! 27 All 54the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all 55the families of the nations shall worship before you. 28 For 56kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. 29 All 57the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall 58bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not 59keep himself alive. 30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming 60generation; 31 they shall 61come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet 62unborn, that he has done it.
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