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Psalm 22

Plea for Deliverance from Suffering and Hostility

To the leader: according to The Deer of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?(A)
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night but find no rest.(B)

Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.(C)
In you our ancestors trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.(D)

But I am a worm and not human,
    scorned by others and despised by the people.(E)
All who see me mock me;
    they sneer at me; they shake their heads;(F)
“Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
    let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”(G)

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
    you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.(H)
10 On you I was cast from my birth,
    and since my mother bore me you have been my God.(I)
11 Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls encircle me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;(J)
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.(K)

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;(L)
15 my mouth[a] is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.(M)

16 For dogs are all around me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
they bound my hands and feet.[b](N)
17 I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my clothes among themselves,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.(O)

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
    O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my life[c] from the power of the dog!(P)
21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued[d] me.(Q)
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;[e]
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:(R)
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
    stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!(S)
24 For he did not despise or abhor
    the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me[f]
    but heard when I[g] cried to him.(T)

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.(U)
26 The poor[h] shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
    May your hearts live forever!(V)

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before him.[i](W)
28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.(X)

29 To him,[j] indeed, shall all who sleep in[k] the earth bow down;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    and I shall live for him.[l](Y)
30 Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord(Z)
31 and[m] proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
    saying that he has done it.(AA)

Psalm 23

The Divine Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.(AB)
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;[n](AC)
    he restores my soul.[o]
He leads me in right paths[p]
    for his name’s sake.(AD)

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[q]
    I fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.(AE)

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.(AF)
Surely[r] goodness and mercy[s] shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.[t](AG)

Psalm 24

Entrance into the Temple

Of David. A Psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it,(AH)
for he has founded it on the seas
    and established it on the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?(AI)
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false
    and do not swear deceitfully.(AJ)
They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.(AK)
Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.[u] Selah

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in!(AL)
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle.(AM)
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in!(AN)
10 Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory. Selah


  1. 22.15 Cn: Heb strength
  2. 22.16 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  3. 22.20 Heb my only one
  4. 22.21 Heb answered
  5. 22.22 Or kindred
  6. 22.24 Heb him
  7. 22.24 Heb he
  8. 22.26 Or afflicted
  9. 22.27 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb you
  10. 22.29 Cn: Heb They have eaten and
  11. 22.29 Cn: Heb all the fat ones
  12. 22.29 Compare Gk Syr Vg: Heb and he who cannot keep himself alive
  13. 22.31 Compare Gk: Heb it will be told about the Lord to the generation, they will come and
  14. 23.2 Heb waters of rest
  15. 23.3 Or life
  16. 23.3 Or paths of righteousness
  17. 23.4 Or the valley of the shadow of death
  18. 23.6 Or Only
  19. 23.6 Or kindness
  20. 23.6 Heb for length of days
  21. 24.6 Gk Syr: Heb your face, O Jacob