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Sufferings & Hope for the Virtuous Man.  Psalm 22(v21)

To the choirmaster: according to The Hind of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2O my God, I cry by day, but you not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.

3Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.

4In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5To you they cried, and were saved;
n you they trusted, and were not disappointed.

6But I am a worm, and no man;
scorned by men, and despised by the people.
7All who see me mock at me,
they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;
8"He committed his cause to Yahweh;
let him deliver him, let him rescue him, for he delights in him!"

9Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe upon my mother's breasts.
10Upon you was I cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
11Be not far from me,
for trouble is near and there is none to help.

12Many bulls encompass me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast;
15my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16Yea, dogs are round about me;
a company of evildoers encircle me;
they have pierced my hands and feet -
17I can count all my bones -
they stare and gloat over me;
18they divide my garments among them,
and for my raiment they cast lots.
19But, O Yahweh, do not be not far off!
O you my help, hasten to my aid!
20Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!
21Save me from the mouth of the lion,
my afflicted soul from the horns of the wild oxen!

22I will tell of your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23You who fear Yahweh, praise him!
all you sons of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
24For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
and he has not hid his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.

25From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise Yahweh!
May your hearts live for ever!

27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to Yahweh;
and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
28For dominion belongs to Yahweh,
and he rules over the nations.

29Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and he who cannot keep himself alive.
30Posterity shall serve him;
men shall tell of Yahweh to the coming generation,
31and proclaim his deliverance to a people unborn,
that he has wrought it.

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