Psalm 22:1-2, 6-7, 11, 14-15, 17, 19


My God, my God!  Why have you forsaken me?  Why do you remain so distant?  Why do you ignore my cries for help?  Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.  Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief.

But I am a worm and not a man I am scorned and despised by all!  Everyone who sees me mocks me.  They sneer and shake their heads…

Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me.

My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.  My heart is like wax, melting within me.  My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.  My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.  You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.

I can count every bone in my body. My enemies stare at me and gloat.

O Lord, do not stay away…

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