Why Have You Forsaken Me?
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
1 # Cited Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so #ver. 11 far from saving me, from the words of my #Ps. 32:3; 38:8; Job 3:24; Isa. 59:11; [Heb. 5:7]groaning?
2O my God, I cry by #Ps. 88:1day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
3Yet you are #Lev. 19:2 holy,
# [Ps. 80:1; 99:1] enthroned on #[Ps. 9:11, 14; 65:1; 102:21; 147:12]the praises#22:3 Or dwelling in the praises of Israel.
4In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5To you they #See Judg. 3:9 cried and were rescued;
in you they #Ps. 25:2; 31:1; 71:1; Isa. 49:23; Rom. 9:33trusted and were not put to shame.
6But I am #Job 25:6; Isa. 41:14 a worm and not a man,
Ps. 69:19; 109:25 scorned by mankind and #Isa. 49:7; 53:3despised by the people.
7All who see me #See Matt. 27:39-43; Mark 15:29-32; Luke 23:35, 36 mock me;
they make mouths at me; they #Ps. 109:25; [Ps. 44:14; 2 Kgs. 19:21; Isa. 37:22; Lam. 2:15]wag their heads;
8 # [Ps. 37:5; Prov. 16:3] “He trusts in the Lord; let him #Ps. 91:14 deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he #Ps. 18:19; Matt. 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22delights in him!”
9Yet you are he who #Ps. 71:6took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10On you was I cast from my birth,
and from #Isa. 46:3; 49:1; Gal. 1:15my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11Be not #See ver. 1; Ps. 10:1 far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is #Ps. 107:12; 2 Kgs. 14:26; Isa. 63:5none to help.
12Many bulls encompass me;
# [Ps. 68:30 (Heb.)] strong bulls of #Amos 4:1Bashan surround me;
13they #Ps. 35:21; Job 16:10; Lam. 2:16; 3:46open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14I am #[Lam. 2:11] poured out like water,
and all my bones are #[Dan. 5:6] out of joint;
my #[Job 23:16; Nah. 2:10]; See Josh. 2:11 heart is like #See Ps. 68:2wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15my strength is #Prov. 17:22 dried up like a potsherd,
and my #[John 19:28; See Job 29:10]tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16For #[Phil. 3:2; Rev. 22:15] dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers #Ps. 88:17 encircles me;
they have #Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:33; 24:40; John 19:23, 37; 20:25; [Zech. 12:10]pierced my hands and feet#22:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts like a lion [they are at] my hands and feet—
17I can count all my bones—
they #Luke 23:35stare and gloat over me;
18 # Cited John 19:24; [Matt. 27:35; Luke 23:34] they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
19But you, O Lord, #[See ver. 11 above] do not be far off!
O you my help, #Ps. 38:22come quickly to my aid!
20Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of #[Phil. 3:2; Rev. 22:15]the dog!
21Save me from #2 Tim. 4:17 the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued#22:21 Hebrew answered me from the horns of #See Num. 23:22the wild oxen!
22 # Cited Heb. 2:12; [Ps. 102:21; John 17:6] I will tell of your name to my #Matt. 28:10; John 20:17; Rom. 8:29brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23You who #Ps. 135:20 fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, #Ps. 50:15, 23glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of #[Isa. 53:4, 7] the afflicted,
and he has not #Ps. 10:1; 13:1; See Job 13:24 hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he #Heb. 5:7cried to him.
25From you comes my praise in the great #Ps. 35:18; 40:9, 10; 111:1 congregation;
my #Lev. 7:16 vows I will #Ps. 66:13; Jonah 2:9; See Ps. 50:14perform before those who fear him.
Ps. 69:32 The afflicted#22:26 Or The meek shall #Isa. 25:6; 65:13 eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts #John 6:51live forever!
27All #Ps. 2:8; 67:7 the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all #Ps. 96:7the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28For #Obad. 21; [Ps. 47:8; Zech. 14:9]kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29All #[Ps. 45:12] the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall #Ps. 72:9; [Phil. 2:10] bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not #Ezek. 18:27keep himself alive.
30Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming #Ps. 48:13; 71:18generation;
31they shall #Ps. 86:9; [Isa. 60:3] come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet #Ps. 78:6; 102:18unborn,
that he has done it.