Psalms Chapter 22 |
1For the leader; on ayyeleth ha-shahar. A psalm of David.
2My God, my God,
why have You abandoned me;
why so far from delivering me
and from my anguished roaring?
I cry by day—You answer not;
by night, and have no respite.
4But You are the Holy One,
the Praise of Israel.
5In You our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and You rescued them.
6To You they cried out
and they escaped;
in You they trusted
and were not disappointed.
7But I am a worm, less than human;
scorned by men, despised by people.
8All who see me mock me;
they curl their lips,
they shake their heads.
9“Let him commit himself to the Lord;
let Him rescue him,
let Him save him,
for He is pleased with him.”
10You drew me from the womb,
made me secure at my mother’s breast.
11I became Your charge at birth;
from my mother’s womb You have been my God.
12Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
13Many bulls surround me,
mighty ones of Bashan encircle me.
14They open their mouths at me
like tearing, roaring lions.
15My life ebbs away:
all my bones are disjointed;
my heart is like wax,
melting within me;
16my vigor dries up like a shard;
my tongue cleaves to my palate;
You commit me to the dust of death.
17Dogs surround me;
a pack of evil ones closes in on me,
like lions [they maul] my hands and feet.
18I take the count of all my bones
while they look on and gloat.
19They divide my clothes among themselves,
casting lots for my garments.
20But You, O Lord, be not far off;
my strength, hasten to my aid.
21Save my life from the sword,
my precious life from the clutches of a dog.
22Deliver me from a lion’s mouth;
from the horns of wild oxen rescue me.
23Then will I proclaim Your fame to my brethren,
praise You in the congregation.
24You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
All you offspring of Jacob, honor Him!
Be in dread of Him, all you offspring of Israel!
25For He did not scorn, He did not spurn
the plea of the lowly;
He did not hide His face from him;
when he cried out to Him, He listened.
26 Because of You I offer praise in the great congregation;
I pay my vows in the presence of His worshipers.
27Let the lowly eat and be satisfied;
let all who seek the Lord praise Him.
Always be of good cheer!
28Let all the ends of the earth pay heed and turn to the Lord,
and the peoples of all nations prostrate themselves before You;
29for kingship is the Lord’s
and He rules the nations.
30All those in full vigor shall eat and prostrate themselves;
all those at death’s door, whose spirits flag,
shall bend the knee before Him.
31Offspring shall serve Him;
the Lord’s fame shall be proclaimed to the generation
they shall tell of His beneficence
to people yet to be born,
for He has acted.