Psalms 22

To 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? {Aijeleth...: or, the hind of the morning} {helping...: Heb. my salvation} O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. {am...: Heb. there is no silence to me} But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried to thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All they that see me mock me: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying , {shoot...: Heb. open} He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. {He trusted...: Heb. He rolled himself on} {seeing...: or, if he delight in} But thou art he that brought me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. {didst...: or, kept me in safety} 10 I was cast upon thee from my birth: thou art my God from my mother's womb.

11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. {none...: Heb. not a helper} 12 Many bulls have surrounded me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me all round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. {gaped...: Heb. opened their mouths against me} 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. {out of...: or, sundered} 15 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 For dogs have surrounded me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may number all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. {my darling: Heb. my only one} {power: Heb. hand} 21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare thy name to my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 23 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 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried to him, he heard. 25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the 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 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness to a people that shall be born, that he hath done this .

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