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Psalms 22-24 - A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise; The LORD, the Psalmist's Shepherd.

Psalm 22

A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise.

For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar.

A Psalm of David.

1 My God, my God, why have You for-

saken me?

Far from my deliverance are the words

of my groaning.

2 O my God, I cry by day, but You do not


And by night, but I have no rest.

3 Yet You are holy,

O You who are enthroned upon the praises

of Israel.

4 In You our fathers trusted;

They trusted and You delivered them.

5 To You they cried out and were delivered;

In You they trusted and were not


6 But I am a worm and not a man,

A reproach of men and despised by

the people.

7 All who see me sneer at me;

They separate with the lip, they wag

the head, saying,

8 "Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him

deliver him;

Let Him rescue him, because He delights

in him."

9 Yet You are He who brought me forth

from the womb;

You made me trust when upon my mother's


10 Upon You I was cast from birth;

You have been my God from my mother's


11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near;

For there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have surrounded me;

Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

13 They open wide their mouth at me,

As a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,

And all my bones are out of joint;

My heart is like wax;

It is melted within me.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;

And You lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs have surrounded me;

A band of evildoers has encompassed me;

They pierced my hands and my feet.

17 I can count all my bones.

They look, they stare at me;

18 They divide my garments among them,

And for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But You, O LORD, be not far off;

O You my help, hasten to my assistance.

20 Deliver my soul from the sword,

My only life from the power of the dog.

21 Save me from the lion's mouth;

From the horns of the wild oxen You

answer me.

22 I will tell of Your name to my brethren;

In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him;

All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,

And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants

of Israel.

24 For He has not despised nor abhorred

the affliction of the afflicted;

Nor has He hidden His face from him;

But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.

25 From You comes my praise in the great


I shall pay my vows before those who fear


26 The afflicted will eat and be satisfied;

Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.

Let your heart live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth will remember

and turn to the LORD,

And all the families of the nations will worship

before You.

28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S

And He rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth will eat

and worship,

All those who go down to the dust will

bow before Him,

Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.

30 Posterity will serve Him;

It will be told of the Lord to the coming


31 They will come and will declare His


To a people who will be born, that He

has performed it.

Psalm 23

The LORD, the Psalmist's Shepherd.

Psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

3 He restores my soul;

He guides me in the paths of righteousness

For His name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of

the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the

presence of my enemies;

You have anointed my head with oil;

My cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness

will follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD


Psalm 24

The King of Glory Entering Zion.

Psalm of David.

1 The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains,

The world, and those who dwell in it.

2 For He has founded it upon the seas

And established it upon the rivers.

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?

And who may stand in His holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood

And has not sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD

And righteousness from the God of his


6 This is the generation of those who seek Him,

Who seek Your face--even Jacob. Selah.

7 Lift up your heads, O gates,

And be lifted up, O ancient doors,

That the King of glory may come in!

8 Who is the King of glory?

The LORD strong and mighty,

The LORD mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O gates,

And lift them up, O ancient doors,

That the King of glory may come in!

10 Who is this King of glory?

The LORD of hosts,

He is the King of glory. Selah.

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