Psalms 22
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1  For the Leader; upon Aijeleth ha-Shahar. A Psalm of David.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל אַיֶּלֶת הַשַּׁחַר מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד.

2  My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me, and art far from my help at the words of my cry?

ב  אֵלִי אֵלִי לָמָה עֲזַבְתָּנִי רָחוֹק מִישׁוּעָתִי דִּבְרֵי שַׁאֲגָתִי.

3  O my God, I call by day, but Thou answerest not; and at night, and there is no surcease for me.

ג  אֱלֹהַי אֶקְרָא יוֹמָם וְלֹא תַעֲנֶה וְלַיְלָה וְלֹא דֻמִיָּה לִי.

4  Yet Thou art holy, O Thou that art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

ד  וְאַתָּה קָדוֹשׁ יוֹשֵׁב תְּהִלּוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל.

5  In Thee did our fathers trust; they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.

ה  בְּךָ בָּטְחוּ אֲבֹתֵינוּ בָּטְחוּ וַתְּפַלְּטֵמוֹ.

6  Unto Thee they cried, and escaped; in Thee did they trust, and were not ashamed.

ו  אֵלֶיךָ זָעֲקוּ וְנִמְלָטוּ בְּךָ בָטְחוּ וְלֹא בוֹשׁוּ.

7  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

v’-a-no-KHEE to-LA-at v’-LO eesh kher-PAT a-DAM uv-ZUY am

ז  וְאָנֹכִי תוֹלַעַת וְלֹא אִישׁ חֶרְפַּת אָדָם וּבְזוּי עָם.

22:7   But I am a worm, and no man

The sages state that God grants greatness to the righteous but they humble themselves. Abraham calls himself dust of the earth (Genesis 18:27), Moses and Aharon say “but what are we” (Exodus 16:7), Saul calls himself a simple son of the small tribe of Benjamin (I Samuel 9:21), and Gideon says “behold, my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15). But when the Lord grants greatness to the wicked, they lash out against Him and Israel in arrogance. Pharaoh says “Who is the LORD, that I should hearken unto His voice?” (Exodus 5:2), Goliath says “I do taunt the armies of Israel this day” (I Samuel 17:10), Sennacherib asks “Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?” (II Kings 18:35), and Nebuchadnezzar says “and who is the god that shall deliver you out of my hands” (Daniel 3:15). David reminds us of the value of humility every individual must seek in their lives.


8  All they that see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head:

ח  כָּל רֹאַי יַלְעִגוּ לִי יַפְטִירוּ בְשָׂפָה יָנִיעוּ רֹאשׁ.

9  ‘Let him commit himself unto Hashem! let Him rescue him; let Him deliver him, seeing He delighteth in him.’

ט  גֹּל אֶל יְהוָה יְפַלְּטֵהוּ יַצִּילֵהוּ כִּי חָפֵץ בּוֹ.

10  For Thou art He that took me out of the womb; Thou madest me trust when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

י  כִּי אַתָּה גֹחִי מִבָּטֶן מַבְטִיחִי עַל שְׁדֵי אִמִּי.

11  Upon Thee I have been cast from my birth; Thou art my God from my mother’s womb.

יא  עָלֶיךָ הָשְׁלַכְתִּי מֵרָחֶם מִבֶּטֶן אִמִּי אֵלִי אָתָּה.

12  Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

יב  אַל תִּרְחַק מִמֶּנִּי כִּי צָרָה קְרוֹבָה כִּי אֵין עוֹזֵר.

13  Many bulls have encompassed me; strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

יג  סְבָבוּנִי פָּרִים רַבִּים אַבִּירֵי בָשָׁן כִּתְּרוּנִי.

14  They open wide their mouth against me, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

יד  פָּצוּ עָלַי פִּיהֶם אַרְיֵה טֹרֵף וְשֹׁאֵג.

15  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is become like wax; it is melted in mine inmost parts.

טו  כַּמַּיִם נִשְׁפַּכְתִּי וְהִתְפָּרְדוּ כָּל עַצְמוֹתָי הָיָה לִבִּי כַּדּוֹנָג נָמֵס בְּתוֹךְ מֵעָי.

16  My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my throat; and Thou layest me in the dust of death.

טז  יָבֵשׁ כַּחֶרֶשׂ כֹּחִי וּלְשׁוֹנִי מֻדְבָּק מַלְקוֹחָי וְלַעֲפַר מָוֶת תִּשְׁפְּתֵנִי.

17  For dogs have encompassed me; a company of evil-doers have inclosed me; like a lion, they are at my hands and my feet.

יז  כִּי סְבָבוּנִי כְּלָבִים עֲדַת מְרֵעִים הִקִּיפוּנִי כָּאֲרִי יָדַי וְרַגְלָי.

18  I may count all my bones; they look and gloat over me.

יח  אֲסַפֵּר כָּל עַצְמוֹתָי הֵמָּה יַבִּיטוּ יִרְאוּ בִי.

19  They part my garments among them, and for my vesture do they cast lots.

יט  יְחַלְּקוּ בְגָדַי לָהֶם וְעַל לְבוּשִׁי יַפִּילוּ גוֹרָל.

20  But Thou, O Hashem, be not far off; O Thou my strength, hasten to help me.

כ  וְאַתָּה יְהוָה אַל תִּרְחָק אֱיָלוּתִי לְעֶזְרָתִי חוּשָׁה.

21  Deliver my soul from the sword; mine only one from the power of the dog.

כא  הַצִּילָה מֵחֶרֶב נַפְשִׁי מִיַּד כֶּלֶב יְחִידָתִי.

22  Save me from the lion’s mouth; yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen do Thou answer me.

כב  הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי מִפִּי אַרְיֵה וּמִקַּרְנֵי רֵמִים עֲנִיתָנִי.

23  I will declare Thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.

כג  אֲסַפְּרָה שִׁמְךָ לְאֶחָי בְּתוֹךְ קָהָל אֲהַלְלֶךָּ.

24  ‘Ye that fear Hashem, praise Him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and stand in awe of Him, all ye the seed of Israel.

כד  יִרְאֵי יְהוָה הַלְלוּהוּ כָּל זֶרַע יַעֲקֹב כַּבְּדוּהוּ וְגוּרוּ מִמֶּנּוּ כָּל זֶרַע יִשְׂרָאֵל.

25  For He hath not despised nor abhorred the lowliness of the poor; neither hath He hid His face from him; but when he cried unto Him, He heard.’

כה  כִּי לֹא בָזָה וְלֹא שִׁקַּץ עֱנוּת עָנִי וְלֹא הִסְתִּיר פָּנָיו מִמֶּנּוּ וּבְשַׁוְּעוֹ אֵלָיו שָׁמֵעַ.

26  From Thee cometh my praise in the great congregation; I will pay my vows before them that fear Him.

כו  מֵאִתְּךָ תְּהִלָּתִי בְּקָהָל רָב נְדָרַי אֲשַׁלֵּם נֶגֶד יְרֵאָיו.

27  Let the humble eat and be satisfied; let them praise Hashem that seek after Him; may your heart be quickened for ever!

כז  יֹאכְלוּ עֲנָוִים וְיִשְׂבָּעוּ יְהַלְלוּ יְהוָה דֹּרְשָׁיו יְחִי לְבַבְכֶם לָעַד.

28  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto Hashem; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee.

כח  יִזְכְּרוּ וְיָשֻׁבוּ אֶל יְהוָה כָּל אַפְסֵי אָרֶץ וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְפָנֶיךָ כָּל מִשְׁפְּחוֹת גּוֹיִם.

29  For the kingdom is Hashem’S; and He is the ruler over the nations.

כט  כִּי לַיהוָה הַמְּלוּכָה וּמֹשֵׁל בַּגּוֹיִם.

30  All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall kneel before Him, even he that cannot keep his soul alive.

ל  אָכְלוּ וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ כָּל דִּשְׁנֵי אֶרֶץ לְפָנָיו יִכְרְעוּ כָּל יוֹרְדֵי עָפָר וְנַפְשׁוֹ לֹא חִיָּה.

31  A seed shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord unto the next generation.

לא  זֶרַע יַעַבְדֶנּוּ יְסֻפַּר לַאדֹנָי לַדּוֹר.

32  They shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done it.

לב  יָבֹאוּ וְיַגִּידוּ צִדְקָתוֹ לְעַם נוֹלָד כִּי עָשָׂה.

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    Though we may appear small and nothing (worms) in the eyes of those that are wealthy and powerful, we remain Yahweh's beloved, and He will come to our rescue every time we need help. Like David, we should remain joyful in Yahweh for He is true to saving us, as David narrates in verse 25.

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