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Why Have You Forsaken Me?


Psalm 22
(English Standard Version)
TO THE CHOIRMASTER: ACCORDING TO THE DOE OF THE DAWN. A PSALM OF DAVID.

  • 1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
  • 2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.
  • 3Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
  • 4In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
  • 5To you they cried and were rescued;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
  • 6But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
  • 7All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
  • 8“He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
  • 9Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
  • 10On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
  • 11Be not far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is none to help.
  • 12Many bulls encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
  • 13they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.
  • 14I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
    14my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
  • 15my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.
  • 16For dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
    they have pierced my hands and feet—
  • 17I can count all my bones—
    they stare and gloat over me;
  • 18they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.
  • 19But you, O LORD, do not be far off!
    O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
  • 20Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dog!
  • 21Save me from the mouth of the lion!
    You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
  • 22I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
  • 23You who fear the LORD, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
  • 24For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
    24and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.
  • 25From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
  • 26The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
    May your hearts live forever!
  • 27All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the LORD,
    27and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
  • 28For kingship belongs to the LORD,
    and he rules over the nations.
  • 29All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not keep himself alive.
  • 30Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
  • 31they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.


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