Psalm 22:24

ESV 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.
NIV For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
NASB For He has not despised nor scorned the suffering of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
CSB For he has not despised or abhorred the torment of the oppressed. He did not hide his face from him but listened when he cried to him for help.
NLT For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.
KJV For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

What does Psalm 22:24 mean?

This continues a celebratory prayer to which David looks forward. He plans to pray this at the time he obtains the rescue he expects from God (Psalm 22:21–22). The psalm began by questioning why, from David's perspective, it seemed as if God had forsaken him. However, it was clear He had not forsaken David forever. In due time David anticipates an answer to this prayer. God had not ignored David's affliction, nor had He turned His back on David.

In 2 Corinthians 1:8–10 the apostle Paul relates an experience that was similar to David's. He and his companions had been so severely afflicted that they despaired of life, but the experience taught them to rely on God instead of on themselves. In the end, God delivered them. Paul said that "on him [God] we have set our hope that he will deliver us again" (2 Corinthians 1:10). Then Paul called on the Corinthian believers to help them through prayer so that many would give thanks "for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many" (2 Corinthians 1:11). Our afflictions may be hard to endure sometimes, but God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
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