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Psalms 22:22-25

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22:22 I will declare your name to my countrymen! 1 

In the middle of the assembly I will praise you!

22:23 You loyal followers of the Lord, 2  praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

All you descendants of Israel, stand in awe of him! 3 

22:24 For he did not despise or detest the suffering 4  of the oppressed; 5 

he did not ignore him; 6 

when he cried out to him, he responded. 7 

22:25 You are the reason I offer praise 8  in the great assembly;

I will fulfill my promises before the Lord’s loyal followers. 9 

1 tn Or “brothers,” but here the term does not carry a literal familial sense. It refers to the psalmist’s fellow members of the Israelite covenant community (see v. 23).

2 tn Heb “[you] fearers of the Lord.” See Ps 15:4.

3 tn Heb “fear him.”

4 tn Or “affliction”; or “need.”

5 sn In this verse the psalmist refers to himself in the third person and characterizes himself as oppressed.

6 tn Heb “he did not hide his face from him.” For other uses of the idiom “hide the face” meaning “ignore,” see Pss 10:11; 13:1; 51:9. Sometimes the idiom carries the stronger idea of “reject” (see Pss 27:9; 88:14).

7 tn Heb “heard.”

8 tn Heb “from with you [is] my praise.”

9 tn Heb “my vows I will fulfill before those who fear him.” When asking the Lord for help, the psalmists would typically promise to praise the Lord publicly if he intervened and delivered them.



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