For the Chief Musician; set to Aijeleth hash-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 day-time, but thou answerest 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 ashamed.
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,
8Commit thyself unto the LORD; let him deliver him:
Let him deliver him, seeing he delighteth in him.
9But thou art he that took me out the womb:
Thou didst make me trust 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 gape upon me with their mouth,
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 evil-doers have enclosed 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 upon my vesture do they cast lots.
19But be not thou far off, O LORD:
O thou my succour, 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;
Yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me.
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 stand in awe of 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.
25Of thee cometh my praise 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 after him:
Let your heart live for ever.
27All the ends of the earth 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 ruler over the nations
29All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship:
All they that go down to the dust shall bow before him,
Even he that cannot keep his soul alive.
30A seed shall serve him;
It shall be told of the Lord unto the next generation.
31They shall come and shall declare his righteousness
Unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done it.