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?#Aijeleth…: or, the hind of the morning#helping…: Heb. my salvation
2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.#am…: Heb. there is no silence to me
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,#shoot…: Heb. open
8He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.#He trusted…: Heb. He rolled himself on#seeing…: or, if he delight in
9But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.#didst…: or, kept me in safety
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.#none…: Heb. not a helper
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.#gaped…: Heb. opened their mouths against me
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.#out of…: or, sundered
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.#my darling: Heb. my only one#power: Heb. hand
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.