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Psalm 22 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:1 - [fn]For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:2 - My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:3 - Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:4 - In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:5 - To you they cried out and were saved; 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 everyone, despised by the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:7 - All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:8 - “He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:9 - Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:10 - From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:11 - Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:12 - Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:13 - Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:14 - I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:15 - My mouth[fn] is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:16 - Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce[fn] my hands and my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:17 - All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:18 - They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:19 - But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:20 - Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:21 - Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:22 - I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:23 - You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:24 - For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:25 - From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you[fn] I will fulfill my vows.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:26 - The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him— may your hearts live forever!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:27 - All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:28 - for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:29 - All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:30 - Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:31 - They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 22:1-31 is numbered 22:2-32.
Or night, and am not silent
Or Yet you are holy, / enthroned on the praises of Israel
Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text strength
Dead Sea Scrolls and some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text me, / like a lion
Hebrew him

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