Psalm 22[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?(A)
    Why are you so far(B) from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?(C)
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,(D)
    by night,(E) but I find no rest.[b]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;(F)
    you are the one Israel praises.[c](G)
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.(H)
To you they cried out(I) and were saved;
    in you they trusted(J) and were not put to shame.(K)

But I am a worm(L) and not a man,
    scorned by everyone,(M) despised(N) by the people.
All who see me mock me;(O)
    they hurl insults,(P) shaking their heads.(Q)
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.(R)
Let him deliver him,(S)
    since he delights(T) in him.”

Yet you brought me out of the womb;(U)
    you made me trust(V) in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth(W) I was cast on you;
    from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,(X)
    for trouble is near(Y)
    and there is no one to help.(Z)

12 Many bulls(AA) surround me;(AB)
    strong bulls of Bashan(AC) encircle me.
13 Roaring lions(AD) that tear their prey(AE)
    open their mouths wide(AF) against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.(AG)
My heart has turned to wax;(AH)
    it has melted(AI) within me.
15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,(AJ)
    and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;(AK)
    you lay me in the dust(AL) of death.

16 Dogs(AM) surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce[e](AN) my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
    people stare(AO) and gloat over me.(AP)
18 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots(AQ) for my garment.(AR)

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.(AS)
    You are my strength;(AT) come quickly(AU) to help me.(AV)
20 Deliver me from the sword,(AW)
    my precious life(AX) from the power of the dogs.(AY)
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;(AZ)
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.(BA)

22 I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly(BB) I will praise you.(BC)
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!(BD)
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!(BE)
    Revere him,(BF) all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised(BG) or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;(BH)
he has not hidden his face(BI) from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.(BJ)

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

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

29 All the rich(BR) of the earth will feast and worship;(BS)
    all who go down to the dust(BT) will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.(BU)
30 Posterity(BV) will serve him;
    future generations(BW) will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,(BX)
    declaring to a people yet unborn:(BY)
    He has done it!(BZ)

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,(CA) I lack nothing.(CB)
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,(CC)
    he refreshes my soul.(CD)
He guides me(CE) along the right paths(CF)
    for his name’s sake.(CG)
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[g](CH)
I will fear no evil,(CI)
    for you are with me;(CJ)
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table(CK) before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;(CL)
    my cup(CM) overflows.
Surely your goodness and love(CN) will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Psalm 24

Of David. A psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s,(CO) and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;(CP)
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.(CQ)

Who may ascend the mountain(CR) of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?(CS)
The one who has clean hands(CT) and a pure heart,(CU)
    who does not trust in an idol(CV)
    or swear by a false god.[h]

They will receive blessing(CW) from the Lord
    and vindication(CX) from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face,(CY) God of Jacob.[i][j]

Lift up your heads, you gates;(CZ)
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King(DA) of glory(DB) may come in.(DC)
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,(DD)
    the Lord mighty in battle.(DE)
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty(DF)
    he is the King of glory.

Psalm 25[k]

Of David.

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.(DG)

I trust in you;(DH)
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,(DI)
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous(DJ) without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.(DK)
Guide me in your truth(DL) and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,(DM)
    and my hope is in you(DN) all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,(DO)
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth(DP)
    and my rebellious ways;(DQ)
according to your love(DR) remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.(DS)

Good and upright(DT) is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs(DU) sinners in his ways.
He guides(DV) the humble in what is right
    and teaches them(DW) his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful(DX)
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.(DY)
11 For the sake of your name,(DZ) Lord,
    forgive(EA) my iniquity,(EB) though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?(EC)
    He will instruct them in the ways(ED) they should choose.[l]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,(EE)
    and their descendants will inherit the land.(EF)
14 The Lord confides(EG) in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known(EH) to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,(EI)
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.(EJ)

16 Turn to me(EK) and be gracious to me,(EL)
    for I am lonely(EM) and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles(EN) of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.(EO)
18 Look on my affliction(EP) and my distress(EQ)
    and take away all my sins.(ER)
19 See how numerous are my enemies(ES)
    and how fiercely they hate me!(ET)

20 Guard my life(EU) and rescue me;(EV)
    do not let me be put to shame,(EW)
    for I take refuge(EX) in you.
21 May integrity(EY) and uprightness(EZ) protect me,
    because my hope, Lord,[m] is in you.(FA)

22 Deliver Israel,(FB) O God,
    from all their troubles!

Psalm 26

Of David.

Vindicate me,(FC) Lord,
    for I have led a blameless life;(FD)
I have trusted(FE) in the Lord
    and have not faltered.(FF)
Test me,(FG) Lord, and try me,
    examine my heart and my mind;(FH)
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love(FI)
    and have lived(FJ) in reliance on your faithfulness.(FK)

I do not sit(FL) with the deceitful,
    nor do I associate with hypocrites.(FM)
I abhor(FN) the assembly of evildoers
    and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,(FO)
    and go about your altar, Lord,
proclaiming aloud your praise(FP)
    and telling of all your wonderful deeds.(FQ)

Lord, I love(FR) the house where you live,
    the place where your glory dwells.(FS)
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
    my life with those who are bloodthirsty,(FT)
10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,(FU)
    whose right hands are full of bribes.(FV)
11 I lead a blameless life;
    deliver me(FW) and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;(FX)
    in the great congregation(FY) I will praise the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 22:1 In Hebrew texts 22:1-31 is numbered 22:2-32.
  2. Psalm 22:2 Or night, and am not silent
  3. Psalm 22:3 Or Yet you are holy, / enthroned on the praises of Israel
  4. Psalm 22:15 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text strength
  5. Psalm 22:16 Dead Sea Scrolls and some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text me, / like a lion
  6. Psalm 22:25 Hebrew him
  7. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death
  8. Psalm 24:4 Or swear falsely
  9. Psalm 24:6 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts face, Jacob
  10. Psalm 24:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.
  11. Psalm 25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  12. Psalm 25:12 Or ways he chooses
  13. Psalm 25:21 Septuagint; Hebrew does not have Lord.

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