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22Psalms

Sufferings & Hope for the Virtuous Man. Psalm 22(v21)
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me
and art so far from saving me, from heeding my groans?

 
2 O my God, I cry in the day-time but thou dost not answer,
in the night I cry but get no respite.

 
3 And yet thou art enthroned in holiness,
thou art he whose praises Israel sings.

 
4 In thee our fathers put their trust;
they trusted, and thou didst rescue them.

 
5 Unto thee they cried and were delivered;
in thee they trusted and were not put to shame.

 
6 But I am a worm, not a man,
abused by all men, scorned by the people.

 
7 All who see me jeer at me,
make mouths at me and wag their heads:

 
8 'He threw himself on the LORD for rescue;
let the LORD deliver him, for he holds him dear!'

 
9 But thou art he who drew me from the womb,
who laid me at my mother's breast.

 
10 Upon thee was I cast at birth;
from my mother's womb thou hast been my God.

 
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near, and I have no helper.

 
12 A herd of bulls surrounds me,
great bulls of Bashan beset me.

 
13 Ravening and roaring lions
open their mouths wide against me.

 
14 My strength drains away like water
and all my bones are loose.
My heart has turned to wax and melts within me.

 
15 My mouth prob. rdg, Heb My strength is dry as a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaw;
I am laid I am laid: prob. rdg, Heb thou wilt lay me low in the dust of death.

 
16 The huntsmen are all about me;
a band of ruffians rings me round,
and they have hacked off and they have hacked off: prob. rdg, Heb like a lion my hands and my feet.

 
17 I tell my tale of misery,
while they look on and gloat.

 
18 They share out my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothes.

 
19 But do not remain so far away, O LORD;
O my help, hasten to my aid.

 
20 Deliver my very self from the sword,
my precious life from the axe.

 
21 21Save me from the lion's mouth,
my poor body my poor body: prob. rdg, Heb thou hast answered me from the horns of the wild ox.

 
22 I will declare thy fame to my brethren;
I will praise thee in the midst of the assembly.

 
23 Praise him, you who fear the LORD;
all you sons of Jacob, do him honour;
stand in awe of him, all sons of Israel.

 
24 For he has not scorned the downtrodden,
nor shrunk in loathing from his plight,
nor hidden his face from him,
but gave heed to him when he cried out.

 
25 Thou dost inspire my praise in the full assembly;
and I will pay my vows before all who fear thee.

 
26 Let the humble eat and be satisfied.
Let those who seek the LORD praise him
and be in good heart for ever.

 
27 Let all the ends of the earth remember and turn again to the LORD;
let all the families of the nations bow down before him.

 
28 For kingly power belongs to the LORD,
and dominion over the nations is his.

 
29 How can those buried in the earth do him homage,
how can those who go down to the grave bow before him?
But I shall live for his sake,

 
30 my posterity But I ... posterity: prob. rdg, Heb obscure shall serve him.
This shall be told of the Lord to future generations,

 
31 and they shall justify him,
declaring to a people yet unborn
that this was his doing.

 
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