Psalms 22


My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

David complains in great discouragement

1 [22:2] My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 [22:3] O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3 [22:4] But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4 [22:5] Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5 [22:6] They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6 [22:7] But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 [22:8] All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 [22:9] He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

He prays in great distress

9 [22:10] But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. 10 [22:11] I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. 11 [22:12] Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 12 [22:13] Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 [22:14] They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 [22:15] I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 [22:16] My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 [22:17] For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 [22:18] I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 [22:19] They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 [22:20] But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 [22:21] Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21 [22:22] Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. 22 [22:23] I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

He praises God

23 [22:24] Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 [22:25] For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. 25 [22:26] My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 [22:27] The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 [22:28] All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28 [22:29] For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations. 29 [22:30] All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. 30 [22:31] A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 [22:32] They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

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