Psalm 22
NASB 1977
A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise.

For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David.

     1My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
            Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.

     2O my God, I cry by day, but Thou dost not answer;
            And by night, but I have no rest.

     3Yet Thou art holy,
            O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

     4In Thee our fathers trusted;
            They trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.

     5To Thee they cried out, and were delivered;
            In Thee they trusted, and were not disappointed.

     6But I am a worm, and not a man,
            A reproach of men, and despised by the people.

     7All who see me sneer at me;
            They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,

     8“Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him;
            Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

     9Yet Thou art He who didst bring me forth from the womb;
            Thou didst make me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.

     10Upon Thee I was cast from birth;
            Thou hast been my God from my mother’s womb.

     11Be not far from me, for trouble is near;
            For there is none to help.

     12Many bulls have surrounded me;
            Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

     13They open wide their mouth at me,
            As a ravening and a roaring lion.

     14I am poured out like water,
            And all my bones are out of joint;
            My heart is like wax;
            It is melted within me.

     15My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
            And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
            And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.

     16For dogs have surrounded me;
            A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
            They pierced my hands and my feet.

     17I can count all my bones.
            They look, they stare at me;

     18They divide my garments among them,
            And for my clothing they cast lots.

     19But Thou, O LORD, be not far off;
            O Thou my help, hasten to my assistance.

     20Deliver my soul from the sword,
            My only life from the power of the dog.

     21Save me from the lion’s mouth;
            And from the horns of the wild oxen Thou dost answer me.

     22I will tell of Thy name to my brethren;
            In the midst of the assembly I will praise Thee.

     23You who fear the LORD, praise Him;
            All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
            And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.

     24For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
            Neither has He hidden His face from him;
            But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.

     25From Thee comes my praise in the great assembly;
            I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.

     26The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
            Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.
            Let your heart live forever!

     27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD,
            And all the families of the nations will worship before Thee.

     28For the kingdom is the LORD’S,
            And He rules over the nations.

     29All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship,
            All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him,
            Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.

     30Posterity will serve Him;
            It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation.

     31They will come and will declare His righteousness
            To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.

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