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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Psalms 22:1-31

To the director upon the Hind* of the Dawn. A melody of David. 22  My God, my God, why have you left me?*+ [Why are you] far from saving me,+ [From] the words of my roaring?*+   O my God,* I keep calling by day, and you do not answer;+ And by night, and there is no silence on my part.+   But you are holy,+ Inhabiting the praises of Israel.+   In you our fathers trusted;+ They trusted, and you kept providing them with escape.+   To you they cried out,+ and they got away safe;+ In you they trusted, and they did not come to shame.+   But I am a worm,+ and not a man,* A reproach to men* and despicable to the people.+   As for all those seeing me, they hold me in derision;+ They keep opening their mouths wide,* they keep wagging [their] head:+   “He committed himself* to Jehovah.+ Let Him provide him with escape!+ Let him deliver him, since he has taken delight in him!”+   For you were the One drawing me forth from the belly,+ The One making me trust while upon the breasts of my mother.+ 10  Upon you I have been thrown from the womb;+ From the belly of my mother you have been my God.*+ 11  Do not keep far off from me, because distress is nearby,+ Because there is no other helper.+ 12  Many young bulls have surrounded me;+ The powerful ones of Ba′shan themselves have got around me.+ 13  They have opened against me their mouth,+ As a lion tearing in pieces and roaring.+ 14  Like water I have been poured out,+ And all my bones have been separated from one another.+ My heart has become like wax;+ It has melted deep in my inward parts.+ 15  My power* has dried up just like a fragment of earthenware,+ And my tongue is made to stick to my gums;*+ And in the dust of death you are setting me.+ 16  For dogs have surrounded me;+ The assembly of evildoers themselves have enclosed me.+ Like a lion [they are at] my hands and my feet.*+ 17  I can count all my bones.+ They themselves look, they gaze upon me.+ 18  They apportion my garments among themselves,+ And upon my clothing they cast lots.+ 19  But you, O Jehovah, O do not keep far off.+ O you my strength,+ do make haste to my assistance.+ 20  Do deliver from the sword my soul,+ My only one* from the very paw of the dog;+ 21  Save me from the mouth of the lion,+ And from the horns of wild bulls you must answer [and save] me.+ 22  I will declare your name+ to my brothers;+ In the middle of the congregation* I shall praise you.+ 23  YOU fearers of Jehovah, praise him!+ All YOU the seed of Jacob, glorify him!+ And be frightened at him, all YOU the seed of Israel.+ 24  For he has neither despised+ Nor loathed the affliction of the afflicted one;+ And he has not concealed his face from him,+ And when he cried to him for help he heard.+ 25  From you my praise will be in the large congregation;+ My vows I shall pay in front of those fearing him.+ 26  The meek ones will eat and be satisfied;+ Those seeking him will praise Jehovah.+ May YOUR hearts* live forever.+ 27  All the ends of the earth will remember and turn back to Jehovah.+ And all the families of the nations will bow down before you.+ 28  For the kingship belongs to Jehovah,+ And he is dominating the nations.+ 29  All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and will bow down;+ Before him all those going down to the dust will bend down,+ And no one will ever preserve his own soul* alive.+ 30  A seed* itself will serve him;+ It will be declared concerning Jehovah* to the generation.+ 31  They will come and tell of his righteousness+ To the people that is to be born, that he* has done [this].+


“Hind of.” Heb., ʼai·ye′leth, the doe of the fallow deer.
“My God, my God, why have you left me?” Heb., ʼE·li′, ʼE·li′, la·mah′ ʽazav·ta′ni?; Syr., ʼA·lahi ʼA·lahi lema·naʼ sebaq·tani? Compare Mt 27:46; Mr 15:34.
“Far from my salvation are the words of my trespasses,” LXXVg.
“My God.” Heb., ʼElo·hai′, pl.
“Man.” Heb., ʼish.
Lit., “earthling man,” used collectively. Heb., ʼa·dham′.
Lit., “they make a separation with the lip.” Or, “they draw their mouth.”
Or, “Commit [yourself],” M; LXXVg, “He hoped.”
“My God.” Heb., ʼE′li.
“Palate,” by transposing two Heb. letters in M.
Or, “jaws.”
“Like the lion—my hands and (my) feet,” M; T, “Biting like a lion my hands and my feet”; LXXVg, “They bored (dug through) my hands and my feet.”
“My only one,” fem., referring to “my soul.”
“Congregation.” Heb., qa·hal′; Gr., ek·kle·si′as; Lat., ec·cle′si·a.
Lit., “heart.”
“And . . . his own soul.” Heb., wenaph·shoh′. See App 4A.
Or, “offspring.”
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
“He,” MT; LXXSyVg, “Jehovah.”