“I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”(A)

I will declare the Lord’s decree.
He said to me, “You are my Son;[a]
today I have become your Father.(B)
Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance
and the ends of the earth your possession.(C)
You will break them with an iron scepter;
you will shatter them like pottery.”(D)

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  1. 2:7 Or son, also in v. 12

10 For you will not abandon me to Sheol;(A)
you will not allow your faithful one to see decay.(B)

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Psalm 22

From Suffering to Praise

For the choir director: according to “The Deer of the Dawn.” A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?(A)
Why are you so far from my deliverance(B)
and from my words of groaning?(C)
My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
by night, yet I have no rest.(D)
But you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.(E)
Our ancestors trusted in you;
they trusted, and you rescued them.(F)
They cried to you and were set free;
they trusted in you and were not disgraced.(G)

But I am a worm and not a man,(H)
scorned by mankind and despised by people.(I)
Everyone who sees me mocks me;
they sneer[a] and shake their heads:(J)
“He relies on[b] the Lord;
let him save him;
let the Lord[c] rescue him,
since he takes pleasure in him.”(K)

It was you who brought me out of the womb,
making me secure at my mother’s breast.(L)
10 I was given over to you at birth;[d]
you have been my God from my mother’s womb.(M)

11 Don’t be far from me, because distress is near
and there’s no one to help.(N)

12 Many bulls surround me;
strong ones of Bashan encircle me.(O)
13 They open their mouths against me—
lions, mauling and roaring.(P)
14 I am poured out like water,(Q)
and all my bones are disjointed;(R)
my heart is like wax,
melting within me.(S)
15 My strength is dried up like baked clay;(T)
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.(U)
You put me into the dust of death.(V)
16 For dogs have surrounded me;(W)
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me;
they pierced[e] my hands and my feet.(X)
17 I can count all my bones;
people[f] look and stare at me.(Y)
18 They divided my garments among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing.(Z)

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  1. 22:7 Lit separate with the lip
  2. 22:8 Or Rely on
  3. 22:8 Lit let him
  4. 22:10 Lit was cast on you from the womb
  5. 22:16 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read me; like a lion
  6. 22:17 Lit they

20 He protects all his bones;
not one of them is broken.(A)

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Even my friend[a] in whom I trusted,
one who ate my bread,
has raised his heel against me.(A)

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  1. 41:9 Lit Even a man of my peace

Psalm 69

A Plea for Rescue

For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.”(A) Of David.

Save me, God,
for the water has risen to my neck.(B)
I have sunk in deep mud, and there is no footing;
I have come into deep water,
and a flood sweeps over me.(C)
I am weary from my crying;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail, looking for my God.(D)
Those who hate me without cause
are more numerous than the hairs of my head;
my deceitful enemies, who would destroy me,
are powerful.(E)
Though I did not steal, I must repay.(F)

God, you know my foolishness,
and my guilty acts are not hidden from you.(G)
Do not let those who put their hope in you
be disgraced because of me,
Lord God of Armies;
do not let those who seek you
be humiliated because of me,
God of Israel.(H)
For I have endured insults because of you,
and shame has covered my face.(I)
I have become a stranger to my brothers
and a foreigner to my mother’s sons(J)
because zeal for your house has consumed me,(K)
and the insults of those who insult you
have fallen on me.(L)

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20 Insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
I waited for sympathy,
but there was none;
for comforters, but found no one.(A)
21 Instead, they gave me gall for my food,
and for my thirst
they gave me vinegar to drink.(B)

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26 For they persecute the one you struck
and talk about the pain of those you wounded.(A)

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Psalm 110

The Priestly King

A psalm of David.

This is the declaration of the Lord
to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”(A)
The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion.
Rule[a] over your surrounding[b] enemies.(B)
Your people will volunteer
on your day of battle.[c](C)
In holy splendor, from the womb of the dawn,
the dew of your youth belongs to you.[d](D)
The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back:
“You are a priest forever
according to the pattern of Melchizedek.”(E)

The Lord is at your right hand;
he will crush kings on the day of his anger.(F)
He will judge the nations, heaping up corpses;(G)
he will crush leaders over the entire world.(H)
He will drink from the brook by the road;(I)
therefore, he will lift up his head.(J)

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  1. 110:2 One Hb ms, LXX, Tg read You will rule
  2. 110:2 Lit Rule in the midst of your
  3. 110:3 Lit power
  4. 110:3 Hb obscure

22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.(A)
23 This came from the Lord;
it is wondrous in our sight.(B)
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
let’s rejoice and be glad in it.(C)

25 Lord, save us!
Lord, please grant us success!(D)
26 He who comes in the name
of the Lord is blessed.(E)
From the house of the Lord we bless you.(F)

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