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Psalm 22

The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah

To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“The Deer of the Dawn.” A Psalm of David.

1 My aGod, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Why are You so far from helping Me,

And from the words of My groaning?

2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;

And in the night season, and am not silent.

3 But You are holy,

Enthroned in the bpraises of Israel.

4 Our fathers trusted in You;

They trusted, and You delivered them.

5 They cried to You, and were delivered;

cThey trusted in You, and were not ashamed.

6 But I am da worm, and no man;

eA reproach of men, and despised by the people.

7 fAll those who see Me ridicule Me;

They 2shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8 “He g 3trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;

hLet Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

9 iBut You are He who took Me out of the womb;

You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.

10 I was cast upon You from birth.

From My mother’s womb

jYou have been My God.

11 Be not far from Me,

For trouble is near;

For there is none to help.

12 kMany bulls have surrounded Me;

Strong bulls of lBashan have encircled Me.

13 mThey 4gape at Me with their mouths,

Like a raging and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,

nAnd all My bones are out of joint;

My heart is like wax;

It has melted 5within Me.

15 oMy strength is dried up like a potsherd,

And pMy tongue clings to My jaws;

You have brought Me to the dust of death.

16 For dogs have surrounded Me;

The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.

qThey 6pierced My hands and My feet;

17 I can count all My bones.

rThey look and stare at Me.

18 sThey divide My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.

19 But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;

O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

20 Deliver Me from the sword,

tMy 7precious life from the power of the dog.

21 uSave Me from the lion’s mouth

And from the horns of the wild oxen!

vYou have answered Me.

22 wI will declare Your name to xMy brethren;

In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

23 yYou who fear the Lord, praise Him!

All you 8descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,

And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!

24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;

Nor has He hidden His face from Him;

But zwhen He cried to Him, He heard.

25 aMy praise shall be of You in the great assembly;

bI will pay My vows before those who fear Him.

26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.

Let your heart live forever!

27 All the ends of the world

Shall remember and turn to the Lord,

And all the families of the 9nations

Shall worship before 1You.

28 cFor the kingdom is the Lord’s,

And He rules over the nations.

29 dAll the prosperous of the earth

Shall eat and worship;

eAll those who go down to 2the dust

Shall bow before Him,

Even he who cannot keep himself alive.

30 A posterity shall serve Him.

It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation,

31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born,

That He has done this.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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