Psalm 22 Expanded Bible (EXB)
The Prayer of a Suffering Man
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of Dawn.” A psalm of David.
22 My God, my God, why have you ·abandoned [forsaken] me [Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34]?
You seem far from ·saving [helping] me,
far away from my groans.
2 My God, I call to you during the day,
but you do not answer.
I call at night;
I ·am not silent [or get no rest].
3 You ·sit as the Holy One [L are holy].
·The praises of Israel are your throne [L You are enthroned on the praises of Israel].
4 Our ·ancestors [fathers] ·trusted [had confidence in] you;
they ·trusted [had confidence], and you ·saved [rescued; T delivered] them.
5 They ·called [cried out] to you for help
and were rescued.
They ·trusted [had confidence in] you
and were not ·disappointed [shamed; humiliated].
6 But I am like a worm instead of ·a man [human].
People ·make fun of [scorn; reproach] me and ·hate [despise] me.
7 Those who look at me ·laugh [ridicule/mock me].
They ·stick out their tongues [throw insults; L open lips] and shake their heads.
8 They say, “·Turn to the Lord for help [L Trust the Lord].
Maybe he will ·save [rescue; T deliver] you.
If he ·likes [delights/takes pleasure in] you,
maybe he will ·rescue [save; T deliver] you.”
9 You ·had my mother give birth to me [L brought me out of the womb].
You made me ·trust [have confidence in] you
while I was ·just a baby [L at the breasts of my mother].
10 ·I have leaned on you since the day I was born [L On you I was cast from the womb];
you have been ·my God [L mine] ·since my mother gave me birth [L from the womb of my mother].
11 So don’t be far away from me.
Now ·trouble [distress] is near,
and there is no one to help.
12 People have surrounded me like ·angry [L many] bulls.
Like the strong bulls of Bashan [Deut. 32:14; Mic. 7:14], they ·are on every side [encircle me].
13 Like ·hungry [rending; L tearing their prey], roaring lions
they open their mouths at me.
14 My strength is gone,
like water poured out onto the ground,
and my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax [C weak, formless];
it has melted inside me.
15 My strength has dried up like a ·clay pot [potsherd],
and my tongue sticks to the top of my mouth.
You laid me in the dust of death.
16 Evil people have surrounded me;
like dogs ·they [a group of evil people] have trapped me.
They have ·bitten [pierced; or shriveled] my ·arms [hands] and ·legs [feet].
17 I can count all my bones;
people look and stare at me.
18 They divided my clothes among them,
and they ·threw [cast] lots for my clothing.
19 But, Lord, don’t be far away.
You are my ·strength [or help]; hurry to help me.
20 ·Save [Rescue; T Deliver] me from the sword;
save my life from the dogs.
21 ·Rescue [Save; T Deliver] me from the lion’s mouth;
·save [L answer] me from the horns of the bulls.
22 Then I will ·tell my brothers and sisters about you [L recount your name/reputation to my brothers];
I will praise you in the ·public meeting [assembly; congregation].
23 Praise the Lord, all you who ·respect [fear] him [Prov. 1:7].
All you ·descendants [seed] of Jacob [C Israelites], ·honor [glorify] him;
·fear [revere] him, all you Israelites.
24 He does not ·ignore [despise or disdain] ·those in trouble [L the suffering of the afflicted].
He doesn’t hide his face from them
but listens when they ·call out to him [cry to him for help].
25 Lord, ·I praise you [L from you comes my praise] in the great ·meeting of your people [assembly];
these ·worshipers [L who fear him] will see me ·do what I promised [L fulfill my vows].
26 ·Poor [or Afflicted] people will eat ·until they are full [and be satisfied];
those who ·look to the Lord [L seek him] will praise him.
May your hearts live forever!
27 ·People everywhere [L All the ends of the earth] will remember
and will turn to the Lord.
All the families of the nations
will worship him
28 because ·the Lord is King [rule belongs to the Lord],
and he rules the nations.
29 All the ·powerful people [L fat ones] on earth will eat and worship.
Everyone will ·bow down to [kneel before] him,
all who will ·one day die [L go down to the dust and cannot keep themselves alive].
30 The ·people in the future [posterity; seed] will serve him;
they will always be told about the Lord.
31 They will ·tell that he does what is right [recount his righteousness].
People who are not yet born
will hear what God has done.