A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise.

1 For the choir director; upon (a)Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David.
(A)My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
(b)(B)Far from my deliverance are the words of my (c)(C)groaning.
O my God, I (D)cry by day, but You do not answer;
And by night, but (d)I have no rest.
Yet (E)You are holy,
O You who (e)are enthroned upon (F)the praises of Israel.
In You our fathers (G)trusted;
They trusted and You (H)delivered them.
To You they cried out and were delivered;
(I)In You they trusted and were not (f)disappointed.
But I am a (J)worm and not a man,
A (K)reproach of men and (L)despised by the people.
All who see me (g)(M)sneer at me;
They (h)separate with the lip, they (N)wag the head, saying,
(i)Commit yourself to the Lord; (O)let Him deliver him;
Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”
Yet You are He who (P)brought me forth from the womb;
You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.
Upon You I was cast (Q)from (j)birth;
You have been my God from my mother’s womb.
(R)Be not far from me, for (k)trouble is near;
For there is (S)none to help.
Many (T)bulls have surrounded me;
Strong bulls of (U)Bashan have encircled me.
They (V)open wide their mouth at me,
As a ravening and a roaring (W)lion.
I am (X)poured out like water,
And all my (Y)bones are out of joint;
My (Z)heart is like wax;
It is melted within (l)me.
My (AA)strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And (AB)my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
And You (AC)lay me (m)in the dust of death.
For (AD)dogs have surrounded me;
(n)A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
(o)They (AE)pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones.
(AF)They look, they stare at me;
They (AG)divide my garments among them,
And for my clothing they cast lots.
But You, O Lord, (AH)be not far off;
O You my help, (AI)hasten to my assistance.
Deliver my (p)soul from (AJ)the sword,
My (AK)only life from the (q)power of the dog.
Save me from the (AL)lion’s mouth;
From the horns of the (AM)wild oxen You (AN)answer me.
I will (AO)tell of Your name to my brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
(AP)You who fear the Lord, praise Him;
All you (r)descendants of Jacob, (AQ)glorify Him,
And (AR)stand in awe of Him, all you (s)descendants of Israel.
For He has (AS)not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He (AT)hidden His face from him;
But (AU)when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
From You comes (AV)my praise in the great assembly;
I shall (AW)pay my vows before those who fear Him.
The (t)afflicted will eat and (AX)be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will (AY)praise the Lord.
Let your (AZ)heart live forever!
All the (BA)ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord,
And all the (BB)families of the nations will worship before (u)You.
For the (BC)kingdom is the Lord’s
And He (BD)rules over the nations.
All the (v)(BE)prosperous of the earth will eat and worship,
All those who (BF)go down to the dust will bow before Him,
Even he who (w)(BG)cannot keep his soul alive.
(x)(BH)Posterity will serve Him;
It will be told of the Lord to (BI)the coming generation.
They will come and (BJ)will declare His righteousness
To a people (BK)who will be born, that He has performed it.


a. Psalm 22:1: ['Lit ', the hind of the morning]
b. Psalm 22:1: ['Or Why are You so ', far from helping me, ', and from ', the words of my groaning, '?']
c. Psalm 22:1: ['Lit ', roaring]
d. Psalm 22:2: ['Lit ', there is no silence for me]
e. Psalm 22:3: ['Or ', inhabit the praises]
f. Psalm 22:5: ['Or ', ashamed]
g. Psalm 22:7: ['Or ', mock me]
h. Psalm 22:7: ['I.e. make mouths at me']
i. Psalm 22:8: ['Lit ', Roll, '; another reading is ', He committed, ' himself']
j. Psalm 22:10: ['Lit a ', womb]
k. Psalm 22:11: ['Or ', distress]
l. Psalm 22:14: ['Lit ', my inward parts]
m. Psalm 22:15: ['Lit ', to]
n. Psalm 22:16: ['Or ', An assembly]
o. Psalm 22:16: ['Another reading is ', Like a lion, my.., '.']
p. Psalm 22:20: ['Or ', life]
q. Psalm 22:20: ['Lit ', paw]
r. Psalm 22:23: ['Lit ', seed]
s. Psalm 22:23: ['Lit ', seed]
t. Psalm 22:26: ['Or ', poor]
u. Psalm 22:27: ['Some versions read ', Him]
v. Psalm 22:29: ['Lit ', fat ones]
w. Psalm 22:29: ['Or ', did not]
x. Psalm 22:30: ['Lit ', A seed]

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