The Message

Psalm 22

A David Psalm

11-2 God, God . . . my God!
    Why did you dump me
    miles from nowhere?
Doubled up with pain, I call to God
    all the day long. No answer. Nothing.
I keep at it all night, tossing and turning.

3-5 And you! Are you indifferent, above it all,
    leaning back on the cushions of Israel’s praise?
We know you were there for our parents:
    they cried for your help and you gave it;
    they trusted and lived a good life.

6-8 And here I am, a nothing—an earthworm,
    something to step on, to squash.
Everyone pokes fun at me;
    they make faces at me, they shake their heads:
“Let’s see how God handles this one;
    since God likes him so much, let him help him!”

9-11 And to think you were midwife at my birth,
    setting me at my mother’s breasts!
When I left the womb you cradled me;
    since the moment of birth you’ve been my God.
Then you moved far away
    and trouble moved in next door.
I need a neighbor.

12-13 Herds of bulls come at me,
    the raging bulls stampede,
Horns lowered, nostrils flaring,
    like a herd of buffalo on the move.

14-15 I’m a bucket kicked over and spilled,
    every joint in my body has been pulled apart.
My heart is a blob
    of melted wax in my gut.
I’m dry as a bone,
    my tongue black and swollen.
They have laid me out for burial
    in the dirt.

16-18 Now packs of wild dogs come at me;
    thugs gang up on me.
They pin me down hand and foot,
    and lock me in a cage—a bag
Of bones in a cage, stared at
    by every passerby.
They take my wallet and the shirt off my back,
    and then throw dice for my clothes.

19-21 You, God—don’t put off my rescue!
    Hurry and help me!
Don’t let them cut my throat;
    don’t let those mongrels devour me.
If you don’t show up soon,
    I’m done for—gored by the bulls,
    meat for the lions.

22-24 Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,
    and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
    give glory, you sons of Jacob;
    adore him, you daughters of Israel.
He has never let you down,
    never looked the other way
    when you were being kicked around.
He has never wandered off to do his own thing;
    he has been right there, listening.

25-26 Here in this great gathering for worship
    I have discovered this praise-life.
And I’ll do what I promised right here
    in front of the God-worshipers.
Down-and-outers sit at God’s table
    and eat their fill.
Everyone on the hunt for God
    is here, praising him.
“Live it up, from head to toe.
    Don’t ever quit!”

27-28 From the four corners of the earth
    people are coming to their senses,
    are running back to God.
Long-lost families
    are falling on their faces before him.
God has taken charge;
    from now on he has the last word.

29 All the power-mongers are before him
    —worshiping!
All the poor and powerless, too
    —worshiping!
Along with those who never got it together
    —worshiping!

30-31 Our children and their children
    will get in on this
As the word is passed along
    from parent to child.
Babies not yet conceived
    will hear the good news—
    that God does what he says.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

詩篇 22

苦難中的呼求和感恩

大衛的詩,交給樂長,調用「朝鹿」。

1我的上帝,我的上帝,
你為何離棄我?
為何遲遲不來救我,
不聽我的哀號呢?
我的上帝啊,
我日夜不停地呼求,
你卻沒有回應。
然而,你是聖潔的,
你的寶座設立在以色列人的頌讚之上。
我們的祖先信靠你,
他們信靠你,
你就拯救他們。
他們向你呼求,
就得到拯救;
他們信靠你,
就不會失望。

但我好像不是人,只是一條蟲,
受盡人的羞辱和藐視。
看見我的人都譏笑我,
他們撇著嘴、搖著頭說:
「他信靠耶和華,
讓耶和華救他吧!
既然耶和華喜悅他,
讓耶和華拯救他吧!」
耶和華啊,
是你使我從母腹中安然出生,
讓我在母親懷裡便倚靠你。
10 我一出生就被交托在你手中,
你從我出母胎就是我的上帝。
11 求你不要遠離我,
因為危難當頭,無人幫我。
12 我被許多仇敵圍困,
他們像巴珊的公牛那樣強壯。
13 他們張口要吞噬我,
如同吼叫著撕食獵物的獅子。

14 我的力量如水消逝,
我的骨頭都脫了節,
我的心如蠟熔化。
15 我的力量枯竭如焦土,
我的舌頭髮乾緊貼上顎。
你把我放在死亡的塵土中。
16 惡人包圍我,猶如一群惡犬,
他們刺傷我的手腳。
17 我身上的骨頭歷歷可見,
人們都幸災樂禍地看著我。
18 他們分我的外衣,
又為我的內衣抽籤。
19 耶和華啊,求你不要遠離我。
你是我的力量,
求你快來幫助我。
20 求你救我逃脫刀劍之災,
從這些惡犬的利爪下拯救我的生命。
21 求你救我脫離獅子的口,
使我脫離野牛的角。

22 我要向眾弟兄傳揚你的名,
在會眾當中讚美你。
23 敬畏耶和華的人啊,
你們都要讚美祂,
雅各的後裔都要尊崇祂的名,
以色列的後裔都要敬畏祂。
24 因為祂沒有藐視、厭惡苦難中的人,
也沒有掩面不顧他們,
而是垂聽他們的呼求。

25 我要在大會中讚美你,
在敬畏你的人面前履行我的誓言。
26 窮苦人必得飽足,
尋求耶和華的人必讚美祂,
他們的心要永遠歡欣跳躍。
27 普世都要心繫耶和華,歸向祂,
各國人民都要敬拜祂。
28 因為耶和華是主宰,
祂統治列國。
29 世上的富貴人要敬拜祂,
必歸塵土的世人都要敬拜祂。
30 世世代代的人都要事奉祂,
傳揚主所行的奇事。
31 他們也要向未來的世代傳講祂的公義作為。