Psalms 22



1 To the victor, upon the aijeleth hashachar*; a psalm of David.
2 My God, my God, Why hast Thou forsaken me?
Why art Thou far from my salvation, from the words of my roaring?

2 3 My God, I call by·​·day, but Thou answerest not;
and by night, but there is no stillness for me.

3 4 But Thou art holy,
O Thou who dwellest in the praises of Israel.

4 5 In Thee did our fathers trust;
they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.

5 6 to Thee they cried, and they escaped;
In Thee they trusted, and were not ashamed.

6 7 But I am a worm, and not a man;
a reproach of man, and despised of the people.

7 8 All they who see me deride me;
they open·​·up the lips, they wag the head:

8 9 he committed* himself to Jehovah; let Him deliver him;
let Him rescue him, if* He delights in him.

9 10 For Thou art He who brought· me ·out from the belly;
Thou didst make me to trust when I was on my mother’s breasts.

10 11 On Thee was I cast from the womb;
from my mother’s belly, my God art Thou.

11 12 Be· not ·far from me, for adversity is near;
for there is none to help.

12 13 Many bullocks have surrounded me;
bulls of Bashan have closed·​·around me.

13 14 They open·​·wide their mouth against me,
as a lion tearing and roaring.

14 15 I am spilled·​·out as water,
and all my bones are separated;
my heart is as wax;
it is melted in the midst of my bowels;

15 16 my power is·​·dried·​·up as a potsherd*; and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
and Thou hast set· me ·on the dust of death.

16 17 For dogs have surrounded me; the congregation of evildoers have encircled me;
they pierced my hands and my feet.

17 18 I can* number all my bones;
they look, they see* me;

18 19 they part my garments among them,
and upon my clothing they cause the lot to fall.

19 20 But Thou, be· not ·far, O Jehovah;
my power, hurry to my help.

20 21 Rescue my soul from the sword;
My only·​·one from the hand of the dog.

21 22 Save me from the lion’s mouth,
and from the horns of the unicorns answer me.

22 23 I will recount Thy name to my brothers;
in the midst of the assembly will· I ·praise Thee.

23 24 You who fear Jehovah, praise Him;
all you the seed of Jacob, glorify Him;
and be·​·afraid·​·of Him,
all you the seed of Israel.

24 25 For He has not despised nor detested the affliction of the afflicted;
neither has He hidden His face from him; and when he cried·​·out to Him, He heard.

25 26 Of Thee shall be my praise in the great assembly;
I will pay my vows in·​·the·​·presence·​·of those who fear Him.

26 27 The meek shall eat and be satisfied; they shall·​·praise Jehovah who inquire·​·after Him;
let· your heart ·live forever.

27 28 They shall remember and return unto Jehovah, all the ends of the earth;
and all the families of the nations shall worship before Thy face.

28 29 For the kingdom is Jehovah’s;
and He is the ruler among the nations.

29 30 They shall eat and worship,
all the fat ones of the earth.
All they who go·​·down·​·to the dust shall bow·​·down before Him;
and he whose soul He has not made·​·to·​·live.

30 31 The seed that shall serve Him
shall be numbered to the Lord for a generation.

31 32 They shall come and shall tell His justice
unto a people that shall be·​·born, that He has done it.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.