A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise.

For the choir director; upon [a]Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David.

22 (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.
10 Upon You I was cast (Q)from [j]birth;
You have been my God from my mother’s womb.

11 (R)Be not far from me, for [k]trouble is near;
For there is (S)none to help.
12 Many (T)bulls have surrounded me;
Strong bulls of (U)Bashan have encircled me.
13 They (V)open wide their mouth at me,
As a ravening and a roaring (W)lion.
14 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.
15 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.
16 For (AD)dogs have surrounded me;
[n]A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
[o]They (AE)pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones.
(AF)They look, they stare at me;
18 They (AG)divide my garments among them,
And for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But You, O Lord, (AH)be not far off;
O You my help, (AI)hasten to my assistance.
20 Deliver my [p]soul from (AJ)the sword,
My (AK)only life from the [q]power of the dog.
21 Save me from the (AL)lion’s mouth;
From the horns of the (AM)wild oxen You (AN)answer me.

22 I will (AO)tell of Your name to my brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
23 (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.
24 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.

25 From You comes (AV)my praise in the great assembly;
I shall (AW)pay my vows before those who fear Him.
26 The [t]afflicted will eat and (AX)be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will (AY)praise the Lord.
Let your (AZ)heart live forever!
27 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.
28 For the (BC)kingdom is the Lord’s
And He (BD)rules over the nations.
29 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.
30 [x](BH)Posterity will serve Him;
It will be told of the Lord to (BI)the coming generation.
31 They will come and (BJ)will declare His righteousness
To a people (BK)who will be born, that He has performed it.


  1. Psalm 22:1 Lit the hind of the morning
  2. Psalm 22:1 Or Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
  3. Psalm 22:1 Lit roaring
  4. Psalm 22:2 Lit there is no silence for me
  5. Psalm 22:3 Or inhabit the praises
  6. Psalm 22:5 Or ashamed
  7. Psalm 22:7 Or mock me
  8. Psalm 22:7 I.e. make mouths at me
  9. Psalm 22:8 Lit Roll; another reading is He committed himself
  10. Psalm 22:10 Lit a womb
  11. Psalm 22:11 Or distress
  12. Psalm 22:14 Lit my inward parts
  13. Psalm 22:15 Lit to
  14. Psalm 22:16 Or An assembly
  15. Psalm 22:16 Another reading is Like a lion, my...
  16. Psalm 22:20 Or life
  17. Psalm 22:20 Lit paw
  18. Psalm 22:23 Lit seed
  19. Psalm 22:23 Lit seed
  20. Psalm 22:26 Or poor
  21. Psalm 22:27 Some versions read Him
  22. Psalm 22:29 Lit fat ones
  23. Psalm 22:29 Or did not
  24. Psalm 22:30 Lit A seed

The Exalted Servant

13 Behold, My (A)servant will prosper,
He will be high and lifted up and [a]greatly (B)exalted.
14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So His (C)appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men.
15 Thus He will (D)sprinkle many nations,
Kings will (E)shut their mouths on account of Him;
For (F)what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand.

The Suffering Servant

53 (G)Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a (H)tender [b]shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has (I)no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should [c]be attracted to Him.
He was (J)despised and forsaken of men,
A man of [d]sorrows and (K)acquainted with [e]grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was (L)despised, and we did not (M)esteem Him.

Surely our [f]griefs He Himself (N)bore,
And our [g]sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[h]Smitten of (O)God, and afflicted.
But He was [i]pierced through for (P)our transgressions,
He was crushed for (Q)our iniquities;
The (R)chastening for our [j]well-being fell upon Him,
And by (S)His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To [k]fall on Him.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not (T)open His mouth;
(U)Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the [l]living
(V)For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a (W)rich man in His death,
(X)Because He had (Y)done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the Lord was pleased
To (Z)crush Him, [m](AA)putting Him to grief;
If [n]He would render Himself as a guilt (AB)offering,
He will see (AC)His [o]offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the [p]good (AD)pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the [q]anguish of His soul,
He will (AE)see [r]it and be satisfied;
By His (AF)knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will (AG)bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a (AH)portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out [s](AI)Himself to death,
And was (AJ)numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself (AK)bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.


  1. Isaiah 52:13 Or very high
  2. Isaiah 53:2 Lit suckling
  3. Isaiah 53:2 Lit desire
  4. Isaiah 53:3 Or pains
  5. Isaiah 53:3 Or sickness
  6. Isaiah 53:4 Or sickness
  7. Isaiah 53:4 Or pains
  8. Isaiah 53:4 Or Struck down by
  9. Isaiah 53:5 Or wounded
  10. Isaiah 53:5 Or peace
  11. Isaiah 53:6 Lit encounter Him
  12. Isaiah 53:8 Or life
  13. Isaiah 53:10 Lit He made Him sick
  14. Isaiah 53:10 Lit His soul
  15. Isaiah 53:10 Lit seed
  16. Isaiah 53:10 Or will of
  17. Isaiah 53:11 Or toilsome labor
  18. Isaiah 53:11 Another reading is light
  19. Isaiah 53:12 Lit His soul

10 “I will (A)pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, [a]the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have (B)pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one (C)mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. 11 In that day there will be great (D)mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the [b]plain of [c]Megiddo.

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  1. Zechariah 12:10 Or a spirit
  2. Zechariah 12:11 I.e. broad valley
  3. Zechariah 12:11 Heb Megiddon