Psalm 22

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Julie Tennent

1My God, my God, O why have You forsaken me, and why
are You so far from saving me, while groaning words I cry?

2All day, my God, to Thee I cry, yet am not heard by Thee;
And in the darkness of the night, I cannot silent be.

3But You are holy, and You are enthroned in Isr’el’s praise.
4Our fathers put their trust in You – deliv’rance You did raise.

5When unto You they sent their cry, to them deliv’rance came;
Because they put their trust in You, they were not put to shame.

6But as for me, I am a worm; a man not recognized.
I am reproached by men, and by the people am despised.

7All that see me laugh me to scorn; hurl insults all the day;
They nod and shake their heads at me; and mocking me, they say:

8“His trust is in the Lord, that He would free him by his might;
Let Him deliver him, if He in him does take delight.”

9But You brought me out of the womb, and made me trust in Thee;
And even at my mother’s breast You did take care of me.

10From birth I was upon You cast, ev’n from the womb till now;
From mother’s womb You’ve been my God, and still my God art Thou.

11Be not far off, for grief is near, and none to help is found;
12Bulls compass me; bulls of Bashan encircle me around.

13The lions’ mouths are opened wide against me all the day.
Like as a lion ravaging and roaring for his prey.

14Like water I’m poured out, my bones all out of joint do part;
Like was within my inward parts, so melted is my heart.

15My strength is like a potsherd dried; my tongue impedes my breath;
It sticks to my mouth’s roof – You lay me in the dust of death.

16For dogs have compassed me about; the wicked, that did meet
in their assembly, circled me; they pierced my hands and feet.

17I can count all my bones; and those who gloat upon me stare.
18And for my garments they cast lots, my clothes among them share.

19But be not far, O Lord, my strength; come quickly and help me.
20From sword my soul, from pow’r of dogs, my precious life set free.

21Out of the roaring lion’s mouth, come rescue me and save;
From horns of oxen and wild beasts, You heard and answer gave.

22I will declare Your name unto my brethren everywhere;
Amidst the congregation, I Your praises will declare.

23All you who fear the Lord, praise Him; revere and glory tell;
All Jacob’s children, honor Him – offspring of Israel.

24For He does not despise nor scorn th’afflicted’s suffering;
Nor hid His face from him, but heard the cry which he did bring.

25Within the congregation great, my praise shall be of Thee;
My vows before those who fear You, shall be fulfilled by me.

26The poor shall eat, and shall be filled; they also praise shall give
unto the Lord, all those who seek – may your hearts ever live!

27And all the ends of earth shall turn, remembering the Lord.
All fam’lies of the nations shall bow down and praise accord.

28For all dominion to the Lord belongs to Him alone.
And He rules over nations all, from His almighty throne.

29The rich of earth will worship; all who to the dust descend;
They all shall kneel – none of them can his soul from death defend.

30Descendants, then, will serve Him – all children yet to be.
They will be told about the Lord, future posterity.

31For they shall come, and shall declare His truth and righteousness
unto a people yet unborn, for He has done all this.

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