Psalm 22 (Lexham English Bible)

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For the [music] director; according to The Doe of the Dawn. A psalm of David.

Suffering and Waiting for Deliverance

1 aMy God, my God why have you forsaken me? [Why are you] far from helping me, [far from] the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I call by day and you do not answer, and [by] night but I have no rest.b 3 Yet you [are] holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 Our ancestorsc trusted you; they trusted and you delivered them. 5 They cried to you and were saved; they trusted you and were not ashamed. 6 But I [am] a worm and not a man, scorned by humankind and despised by people. 7 All [who] see me mock me. They open wide [their] lips; they shake [the] head, [saying]: 8 "{He trusts Yahweh}.d Let him rescue him. Let him deliver him because he delights in him." 9 Yet [you] took me from [the] belly; you made me trust [while] on my mother's breasts. 10 On you I was cast from [the] womb. From my mother's belly you [have been] my God. 11 Do not be far from me because trouble [is] near; because there is no helper. 12 Many bulls have encircled me; mighty [bulls] of Bashan have surrounded me. 13 They open their mouth against me [like] a lion tearing and roaring. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; it is melted {within me}.e 15 My strength is dry like a potsherd, and my tongue is sticking [to] my jaws; and you have placed me in [the] dust of death. 16 Because dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has encircled me. Like the lionf [they are at] my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones; they gaze, they look at me. 18 They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.g 19 But you, O Yahweh, do not remain distant. O my help, hasten to help me. 20 Rescue my life from [the] sword, my only [life] from [the] power of [the] dogs.h 21 Save me from [the] mouth of [the] lion, and from [the] horns of [the] wild oxen answer me. 22 I will tell your name to my brothers; inside [the] assembly I will praise you. 23 You who revere Yahweh, praise him! Glorify him, all [you] seed of Jacob, and be in awe of him, all [you] seed of Israel, 24 because he has not despised nor abhorred [the] affliction of [the] afflicted, and has not hid his face from him; but he listened to him when he cried for help. 25 From you [is] my praise. In [the] great assembly, I will pay my vows before those who revere him. 26 [The] afflicted will eat and will be satisfied. Those who seek him will praise Yahweh. May youri heart live forever. 27 All [the] ends of [the] earth will remember and turn to Yahweh. All [the] families of [the] nations will worship before you. 28 Because the kingship belongs to Yahweh, and [he] rules over the nations. 29 All [the] {healthy ones}j of [the] earth will eat and worship. Before him all [of] those descending [into the] dust will kneel, even he [who] cannot keep his soul alive. 30 Descendantsk will serve him. Regarding the Lord, it will be told to the [next] generation. 31 They will come and tell his savingl [deeds] to a people [yet] to be born, that he has done [it].
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