Psalm 22
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1My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning?1To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest.2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3But you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.3But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you rescued them.4Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5They cried to you and were set free; they trusted in you and were not disgraced.5They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by people.6But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads:7All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8"He relies on the LORD; let him save him; let the LORD rescue him, since he takes pleasure in him."8He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9It was you who brought me out of the womb, making me secure at my mother's breast.9But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10I was given over to you at birth; you have been my God from my mother's womb.10I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11Don't be far from me, because distress is near and there's no one to help.11Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12Many bulls surround me; strong ones of Bashan encircle me.12Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13They open their mouths against me--lions, mauling and roaring.13They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me.14I 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.
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.15My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet.16For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me.17I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing.18They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19But you, LORD, don't be far away. My strength, come quickly to help me.19But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20Rescue my life from the sword, my only life from the power of these dogs.20Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21Save me from the lion's mouth, from the horns of wild oxen. You answered me!21Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters; I will praise you in the assembly.22I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! All you descendants of Israel, revere him!23Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
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.24For 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.
25I will give praise in the great assembly because of you; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear you.25My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26The humble will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him. May your hearts live forever!26The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD. All the families of the nations will bow down before you,27All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28for kingship belongs to the LORD; he rules the nations.28For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations.
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.29All 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.
30Their descendants will serve him; the next generation will be told about the Lord.30A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31They will come and declare his righteousness; to a people yet to be born they will declare what he has done.31They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
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