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Psalm 22 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:1 - To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Deer of the Dawn.”[fn] A Psalm of David.

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:2 - O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:3 - But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:4 - Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:5 - They cried to You, and were delivered;
They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:6 - But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:7 - All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:8 - “He trusted[fn] in the LORD, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:9 - But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:10 - I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
You have been My God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:11 - Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:12 - Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:13 - They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging 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 has melted within Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:15 - My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:16 - For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced[fn] My hands and My feet;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:17 - I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at 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 from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:20 - Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:21 - Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!

You have answered Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:22 - I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:23 - You who fear the LORD, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:24 - For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
But when He cried to Him, He heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:25 - My praise shall be of You in the great assembly;
I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:26 - The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.
Let your heart live forever!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:27 - All the ends of the world
Shall remember and turn to the LORD,
And all the families of the nations
Shall worship before You.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:28 - For the kingdom is the LORD’s,
And He rules over the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:29 - All the prosperous of the earth
Shall eat and worship;
All those who go down to the dust
Shall bow before Him,
Even he who cannot keep himself alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:30 - A posterity shall serve Him.
It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 22:31 - They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born,
That He has done this.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Aijeleth Hashahar
Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read hoped; Targum reads praised.
Following some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Masoretic Text reads Like a lion.
Following Masoretic Text, Septuagint, and Targum; Arabic, Syriac, and Vulgate read Him.

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