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Psalm 22 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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From Suffering to Praise

For the choir director: according to “The Deer of the Dawn.” A psalm of David.

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My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Why are you so far from my deliverance

and from my words of groaning?

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My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,

by night, yet I have no rest.

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But you are holy,

enthroned on the praises of Israel.

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Our ancestors trusted in you;

they trusted, and you rescued them.

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They cried to you and were set free;

they trusted in you and were not disgraced.

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But I am a worm and not a man,

scorned by mankind and despised by people.

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Everyone who sees me mocks me;

they sneer[fn] and shake their heads:

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“He relies on[fn] the LORD;

let him save him;

let the LORD[fn] rescue him,

since he takes pleasure in him.”

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It was you who brought me out of the womb,

making me secure at my mother’s breast.

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I was given over to you at birth;[fn]

you have been my God from my mother’s womb.

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Don’t be far from me, because distress is near

and there’s no one to help.

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Many bulls surround me;

strong ones of Bashan encircle me.

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They open their mouths against me —

lions, mauling and roaring.

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I am poured out like water,

and all my bones are disjointed;

my heart is like wax,

melting within me.

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My strength is dried up like baked clay;

my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.

You put me into the dust of death.

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For dogs have surrounded me;

a gang of evildoers has closed in on me;

they pierced[fn] my hands and my feet.

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I can count all my bones;

people[fn] look and stare at me.

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They divided my garments among themselves,

and they cast lots for my clothing.

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But you, LORD, don’t be far away.

My strength, come quickly to help me.

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Rescue my life from the sword,

my only life[fn] from the power of these dogs.

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Save me from the lion’s mouth,

from the horns of wild oxen.

You answered me![fn]

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I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters;

I will praise you in the assembly.

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You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

All you descendants of Israel, revere him!

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For he has not despised or abhorred

the torment of the oppressed.

He did not hide his face from him

but listened when he cried to him for help.

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I will give praise in the great assembly

because of you;

I will fulfill my vows

before those who fear you.[fn]

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The humble will eat and be satisfied;

those who seek the LORD will praise him.

May your hearts live forever!

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All the ends of the earth will remember

and turn to the LORD.

All the families of the nations

will bow down before you,

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for kingship belongs to the LORD;

he rules the nations.

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All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down;

all those who go down to the dust

will kneel before him —

even the one who cannot preserve his life.

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Their descendants will serve him;

the next generation will be told about the Lord.

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They will come and declare his righteousness;

to a people yet to be born

they will declare what he has done.

CSB Footnotes
Lit separate with the lip
Or Rely on
Lit let him
Lit was cast on you from the womb
Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read me; like a lion
Lit they
Lit my only one
Or oxen you rescued me
Lit him

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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