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Psalm 22 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Why Have You Forsaken Me?

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

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