19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.(A)
    You are my strength;(B) come quickly(C) to help me.(D)
20 Deliver me from the sword,(E)
    my precious life(F) from the power of the dogs.(G)
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;(H)
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.(I)

22 I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly(J) I will praise you.(K)
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!(L)
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!(M)
    Revere him,(N) all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised(O) or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;(P)
he has not hidden his face(Q) from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.(R)

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;(S)
    before those who fear you[a] I will fulfill my vows.(T)
26 The poor will eat(U) and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—(V)
    may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth(W)
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,(X)
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord(Y)
    and he rules over the nations.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 22:25 Hebrew him

God’s Accusation Against the Wicked

Come, all you beasts of the field,(A)
    come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!
10 Israel’s watchmen(B) are blind,
    they all lack knowledge;(C)
they are all mute dogs,
    they cannot bark;
they lie around and dream,
    they love to sleep.(D)
11 They are dogs with mighty appetites;
    they never have enough.
They are shepherds(E) who lack understanding;(F)
    they all turn to their own way,(G)
    they seek their own gain.(H)
12 “Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine!(I)
    Let us drink our fill of beer!
And tomorrow will be like today,
    or even far better.”(J)

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The Jews and the Law

17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God;(A) 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?(B) 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?(C) 23 You who boast in the law,(D) do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”[a](E)

25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law,(F) but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.(G) 26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements,(H) will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?(I) 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you(J) who, even though you have the[b] written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly,(K) nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.(L) 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart,(M) by the Spirit,(N) not by the written code.(O) Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.(P)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 2:24 Isaiah 52:5 (see Septuagint); Ezek. 36:20,22
  2. Romans 2:27 Or who, by means of a