Psalm 22. Deus, Deus meus.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Fourth Day - Evening Prayer.
- My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
- O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
- Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
- Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
- They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
- But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
- All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
- "He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him."
- Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
- I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
- Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
- Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
- They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
- I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
- My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
- Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
- They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
- Be not far away, O Lord; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
- Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.
- Save me from the lion's mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
- I will declare your Name to my brethren; *
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
- Praise the Lord, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
- For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
- My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
- The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *
May your heart live for ever!
- All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
- For kingship belongs to the Lord; *
he rules over the nations.
- To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
- My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the Lord's for ever.
- They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.
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