Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help


[h]Psalm 22 [/h]

Deus, Deus meus

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.

5 They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.

7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

8 “He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”

9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb.

11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.


  • Second half, which is so much a prophecy of Christ on the cross:

    12 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

    13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and 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 my breast;

    15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.

    16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet --

    17 I can count all my bones-- they stare and gloat over me;

    18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

    19 But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!

    20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!

    21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

    22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:

    23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

    24 For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.

    25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.

    26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!

    27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.

    28 For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

    29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive.

    30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;

    31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.
  • Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.
    - Leviticus

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