Psalm 22 – New International Version (NIV)
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?
- My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.[b]
- Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.[c]
- In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
- To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
- But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
- All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
- “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
- Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
- From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
- Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
- Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
- Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.
- 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.
- My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
- Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
- All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
- They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
- But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
- Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
- Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
- I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.
- You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
- 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.
- From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
- The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!
- 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,
- for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
- 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.
- Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
- They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!
a. Psalm 22:1 In Hebrew texts 22:1-31 is numbered 22:2-32.
b. Psalm 22:2 Or night, and am not silent
c. Psalm 22:3 Or Yet you are holy, / enthroned on the praises of Israel
d. Psalm 22:15 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text strength
e. Psalm 22:16 Dead Sea Scrolls and some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text me, / like a lion
f. Psalm 22:25 Hebrew him
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Psalm 22 – King James Version (KJV)
To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
- My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
- O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; And in the night season, and am not silent.
- But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
- Our fathers trusted in thee: They trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
- They cried unto thee, and were delivered: They trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
- But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised of the people.
- All they that see me laugh me to scorn: They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
- He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: Let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
- But thou art he that took me out of the womb: Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
- I was cast upon thee from the womb: Thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
- Be not far from me; for trouble is near; For there is none to help.
- Many bulls have compassed me: Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
- They gaped upon me with their mouths, As a ravening and a roaring lion.
- I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; It is melted in the midst of my bowels.
- My strength is dried up like a potsherd; And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; And thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
- 16For dogs have compassed me: The assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: They pierced my hands and my feet.
- I may tell all my bones: They look and stare upon me.
- They part my garments among them, And cast lots upon my vesture.
- But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
- Deliver my soul from the sword; My darling from the power of the dog.
- Save me from the lion’s mouth: For thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
- I will declare thy name unto my brethren: In the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
- Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; And fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
- For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Neither hath he hid his face from him; But when he cried unto him, he heard.
- My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
- The meek shall eat and be satisfied: They shall praise the LORD that seek him: Your heart shall live for ever.
- All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
- For the kingdom is the LORD’s: And he is the governor among the nations.
- All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: All they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: And none can keep alive his own soul.
- A seed shall serve him; It shall be accounted to the LORD for a generation.
- They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness Unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.