To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
1My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not;
And in the night season, and am not silent.
3But thou art holy,
O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4Our fathers trusted in thee:
They trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5They cried unto thee, and were delivered:
They trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7All they that see me laugh me to scorn:
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him:
Let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9But thou art he that took me out of the womb:
Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10I was cast upon thee from the womb:
Thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11Be not far from me; for trouble is near;
For there is none to help.
12Many bulls have compassed me:
Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13They gaped upon me with their mouths,
As a ravening and a roaring lion.
14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint:
My heart is like wax; It is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15My strength is dried up like a potsherd; And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws;
And thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16For dogs have compassed me:
The assembly of the wicked have inclosed me:
They pierced my hands and my feet. 17I may tell all my bones:
They look and stare upon me.
18They part my garments among them,
And cast lots upon my vesture.
19But be not thou far from me, O LORD:
O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20Deliver my soul from the sword;
My darling from the power of the dog.
21Save me from the lion's mouth:
For thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22I will declare thy name unto my brethren:
In the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23Ye that fear the LORD, praise him;
All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; And fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24For 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.
25My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation:
I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26The meek shall eat and be satisfied:
They shall praise the LORD that seek him: Your heart shall live for ever.
27All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD:
And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28For the kingdom is the LORD's:
And he is the governor among the nations.
29All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship:
All they that go down to the dust shall bow before him:
And none can keep alive his own soul.
30A seed shall serve him;
It shall be accounted to the LORD for a generation.
31They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness
Unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.